The exciting sequel to
The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse
2034 was a rough year for Drew Parker. His car broke down, his rent went up, and his partner was kidnapped by a revenge-crazed performance artist. And to top it off, one of Drew’s clients was tossed from a skyscraper— after being stripped naked, smeared in human fat, and painted with occult symbols.
So far, 2035 isn't shaping up to be much better.
What started off as a simple case involving a deaf girl and her cheating boyfriend is getting complicated. It doesn’t help that the boyfriend is one of five identical actors cloned from the frozen corpse of a dead movie star. Or that he’s up to his neck in a convoluted blackmail plot. Or that the guy is being stalked by some sort of secret agent, a dame in a clown mask with the combat skills of a Navy Seal.
And besides, Drew has his own problem to deal with. A personal matter involving a male prostitute, a privatized version of the KGB, and a vampire sex cult.
Well at least his Wiccan partner, Jen, is back to help him out. If he can just get her to cut back on the practical jokes.
... and the dating advice.
The exciting sequel to The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse
•Wise cracking gay PI witch detective buddy comedy magic realism near future high tech fantasy mystery with cloned movie stars, vampire sex clubs, male prostitutes and a dash of humor. You were warned.•
Set in 2025 Atlanta, this sequel to Hartman's first novel, The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse (1999), features gay detective Drew Parke, his Wiccan partner Jennifer Grey and a large supporting cast of strange people. Like its predecessor, it employs the same irresistible zaniness and wit, multiple viewpoints, high sexual content (both gay and straight) and cheerfully chaotic narrative technique. Jennifer is hired by a young deaf-mute named Skye, who wants to find out whether her boyfriend, Charles Rockland (an actor, and one of five cloned hunks), is cheating on her. Meanwhile, Drew's sidekick and sometime lover, Daniel, is in trouble with the law. In both cases, it turns out that there's extremely nasty blackmail behind the troublemaking what might be called a family feud in real life. Add to this a band of Cherokees trying to get back Georgia, while lurking in the background are dueling televangelists, each with his crop of the ambitious or the thuggish (you expected the devout?), and it's obvious that the author has produced another engagingly weird novel of the near future, satirizing everything he can get his word processor on and doing most of it extremely well. In the absence of conventional narrative, readers can instead enjoy jumping from good part to good part. FYI: The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse was nominated for a Lambda Award in both the mystery and SF/fantasy categories.