"I have a tumor in my head. I call it Bob . . ."
With two ex-wives, a fifteen-year-old daughter who hates him, and a soon-to-be-fatal brain tumor nicknamed Bob, retired police detective Mike Garrity doesn't have a lot to live for. He's resigned himself to spending his last months alone, until an old colleague offers him a chance to go out with a bang, leave his daughter with an inheritance, and maybe even earn her respect.
Twenty-two year old TJ Sommerset is a member of the hit boy band Boyz Klub, a millionaire, and missing-in-action, putting at risk a world tour and millions in endorsements. He's also the idol of Mike's teenage daughter, Jennifer. So when Boyz Klub's frantic manager hires Mike to locate his golden goose, Mike's all too happy to make one last attempt to impress Jennifer. However, it isn't long before Mike discovers that there are other people looking for TJ as well. And once a headless corpse shows up, it's clear that they're not just after him for his autograph.
Fast-paced and acidly funny, Head Games sends up the best (and the worst) of Orlando's entertainment industry, marking Thomas B. Cavanagh as a name to watch in the world of Florida crime fiction.
In Cavanagh's entertaining second mystery (after 2005's Murderland), retired Florida cop Mike Garrity signs on to find boy-band teen heartthrob TJ Sommerset, who's gone missing before the start of a hugely publicized tour. TJ has pulled this kind of disappearing act in the past and was found meditating in the desert. But this time, threatening phone calls and thugs in elevators lead Garrity to suspect TJ isn't on an artsy retreat. Meanwhile, Mike's ex-wife arranges for him to host his estranged 15-year-old daughter, Jennifer, for the summer so the two can spend some quality time together before Mike's incapacitated by the brain tumor he's nicknamed Bob. TJ's cousin, who had some serious gambling debts with the wrong people, turns up dead, but the wiseguys still want their money from whomever they can squeeze it out of. When Jennifer is kidnapped, locating TJ becomes a life-or-death imperative. Fans of the classic PI novel will hope to see more of this wonderfully crotchety protagonist with or without Bob.