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Head Games

Head Games

A Novel

A Mike Garrity Mystery (Volume 1)

Thomas B. Cavanagh

Minotaur Books




"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.


Chapter One
I have a tumor in my head. I call it Bob.
Bob is the boss. He controls everything I do. He is the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think of before I finally drift off at night.


Praise for Head Games

“An Orlando, Florida, thriller that reads like a high-speed theme park ride. Cavanagh's writing is tough and lean, with dark humor so sharp it'll make you bleed.” —Brian Freeman, author of Stripped and Immoral

“Carl Hiaasen fans will be thrilled to know there’s a new kid on the block. If you liked Basket Case, you'll flip over Thomas B. Cavanagh’s sardonically and outrageously funny lead character, who will rope you in on page one and take you on a wild ride. Truly, the best book I've read in a long time. Cavanagh has a new and devoted fan in me.
” —Charlotte Hughes, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Full Tilt and Full House

Head Games is a sharp and convincing new take on the private-eye novel, underscored with the sobering tang of mortality.” —Wallace Stroby, author of The Heartbreak Lounge and The Barbed-Wire Kiss

“Thomas B. Cavanagh is a great new talent in crime fiction. His voice is tough and tender, sad and funny, a writer equally adept at creating fast-paced action, believable dialogue, and a story with more twists than the latest dance routine of your favorite boy band. The make-believe city of Orlando deserves a crime writer with guts, imagination, and a sense of humor; Cavanagh has all three in spades.” —Lee Irby, author of 7,000 Clams and The Up and Up

“Relentless pacing, local color, mystery, and action---and folks you will root for as they crash against evil. The action and the mystery will keep you reading, but the characters will make you want a whole other book. Please tell us this is a series, with more to come.” —Claire Matturro, author of Wildcat Wine

Head Games is a next generation hard-boiled detective novel with a Travis McGee--styled hero whose sidekick is a brain-tumor named Bob. Flat-out funny, smart, and refreshingly humane, this Florida thriller is set in the whacked-out pre-fab world of Orlando, between Sea World and Disney, where money talks, boy bands rule, and asking too many questions could get a dying man killed. This is a nail-biter with a heart.” —N. M. Kelby, author of Whale Season

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About the author

Thomas B. Cavanagh

THOMAS B. CAVANAGH has written award-winning children's television for Nickelodeon, the Walt Disney Company, and many others. He is also the author of the novel Murderland, which is about a serial killer stalking tourists at a popular Florida theme park. He lives in Central Florida with his family and a cranky calico cat.

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