Artie Deemer and his celebrity dog Jellyroll, the heroes of Dallas Murphy's triumphant, Edgar Award nominated mystery Lover Man, are back in a rollicking sequel.
“A wild, winsome new adventure…sparkling from the very first pitch.” Kirkus Reviews
Artie falls hard for sexy pool player Crystal Spivey, whose sleazy ex-husband Trammel Weems abruptly topples off his fishing boat and disappears, along with $14 million of his company’s assets. Soon Artie and Crystal find themselves at the center of a deadly caper involving crooked corporations, CIA spooks, and Mafia bankers. They’ll be lucky if their romance can survive…if they aren’t killed first.
“Murphy joins the ranks of authors like Carl Hiaasen and Donald Westlake, writers who can roll suspense and comedy into the same package and leave you wanting more.” Albuquerque Journal
“Lively entertainment cover to cover….Murphy delivers crisp, clear prose, and original comedy at the hair-raising pace of a Domino’s delivery car.” Tulsa World
Artie Deemer, introduced in Lover Man , is still supported in style by his financially significant other--his dog Jellyroll, star of movies and dog food commercials. Artie spends much of his time at the Upscale Poolroom on New York's Upper West Side, but despite his easy life (or because of it), he is ``languid, torpid and depressed.'' His spirits rise when he falls in love with Crystal Spivey, a tough and beautiful pool player from Brooklyn. But her unhappy past catches up with her, drawing Deemer into a conspiracy that includes kidnapping, a sordid murder, many foul-mouthed villains and corruption at high levels of government. Dishing out plenty of idiosyncratic details (poolroom regulars have such names as Ted Bundy, Too Louis, Never-Miss Monroe and Outta-Town Brown), Murphy occasionally trips on the one-note humor as he delivers a fast-paced, if not always credible, tale.