BUY THE BOOK
St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781466821279336 Pages
When a private jet crashes in the New Jersey Pine Barrens on the Fourth of July, the search begins for faded rock and roller, Turnpike Bobby Chin. The singer suspiciously survives and turns up wandering in the haunted woods. Soon after, a celebrity sculptor vanishes after unveiling his unflattering statue of the star. The cops say it's homicide, and make plans to bust Turnpike Bobby.
When the media circus begins, gangland-bred pollster Jonah Eastman is hired to devise a "P.A.S." (Plausible Alternative Scenario) for the sculptor's death. A beautiful au pair vanishes from Atlantic City, and it's all the media want to talk about – not Bobby. Which angers Bobby because he hasn't gotten this much attention since the Reagan Administration. As he works to vindicate the rocker, Jonah enters the inner-sanctum of the celebrity icon, a world so seductive and lethal that Jonah waxes nostalgic for his days working for the Mafia.
TURNPIKE FLAMEOUT is a black comic ride through the underbelly of mega-stardom and the spins employed by handlers to ensure that crime pays. Quite well, actually.
In the superstar world the most corrosive virus is permission.
Prologue-impale the Children
july 4, margate, new jersey
Praise for Turnpike Flameout
“[A] funny and fast-moving novel.” —Dallas Morning News
“An entertaining ride.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“First-rate.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A cheeky political satire...Here's proof that politics is funny when it isn't even trying.” —Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR, on Shakedown Beach
“Reads like a Carl Hiaasen novel hijacked from South Florida and plopped down in South Jersey...a well-observed thriller.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer on Shakedown Beach
“Dezenhall is the most mordantly funny writer not named Westlake, with an ear for the zinger, a lie detector that makes mincemeat of politicians and spinmeisters, and the ability to plot like Machiavelli.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)