Going Nowhere Fast

Going Nowhere Fast

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by Gar Anthony Haywood
     
 

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Joe Loudermilk, a recently retired police officer, and his wife, Dottie, throw caution to the wind, leave their stable life and hit the road in a newly acquired Airstream trailer home. As parents of five grown children, each one a pain, they're only too happy to leave them and their problems behind.

While visiting the Grand Canyon, Joe and Dottie return to

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Joe Loudermilk, a recently retired police officer, and his wife, Dottie, throw caution to the wind, leave their stable life and hit the road in a newly acquired Airstream trailer home. As parents of five grown children, each one a pain, they're only too happy to leave them and their problems behind.

While visiting the Grand Canyon, Joe and Dottie return to their home on wheels to find their youngest son, known as Bad Dog, hiding in a closet with a gun in his hand - and a dead man on the toilet. Believing Bad Dog's innocence, they take off across the Arizona desert in search of the killer with the FBI, the National Park Service, the LA Raiders and the Mob on their heels.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Shamus Award-winning author of the Aaron Gunner series (including You Can Die Trying ) takes an unfortunate detour with this tale of a retired couple on a cross-country trip in their new Airstream trailer home. Near the Grand Canyon, Dottie and Joe Loudermilk are visited by Bad Dog, their youngest, least loved and most troublesome child, and find a dead man in their toilet. The dead man has an assumed name, Bad Dog is being pursued by a very large, very angry pro football player and soon cops and government agents are beating a path to the Loudermilks' Airstream. Meant to be funny, the earnestly madcap narrative is mostly repetitive--former policeman Joe mutters, ``Jeeze Looweez,'' every second page, while narrator Dottie routinely--and patronizingly--placates him. The plot is carried by coincidence and the semi-moronic Bad Dog's sporadic moments of criminality, which are nowhere near inspired enough to keep this series launch up to speed. Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate. (Aug.)
Library Journal
During a visit to the Grand Canyon, retired policeman Big Joe Loudermilk and his bumptious wife Dottie return to their newly acquired Airstream trailer from a morning run only to find an unknown corpse in the bathroom. Park rangers, police, mobsters, and the FBI variously harass the Loudermilks and their thickheaded youngest son until Dottie, dragging husband and son behind her, sets out on a quest for the truth. Deft, descriptive touches and humorous family interaction provide credibility in this departure from Haywood's Aaron Gunner detective series. Featherweight, delightful adventure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425150511
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Series:
Loudermilk Mystery Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Joan Hess
Hilariously wicked...Haywood has created the freshest and funniest pair of sleuths to grace the genre in a long while...I desperately want to be wherever their Airstream next takes them.
Karen Kijewski
Going Nowhere Fast is going somewhere real fast, and the going is pure delight!
Carolyn G. Hart
Fresh, frank, funny, and fabulous. Going Nowhere Fast will captivate readers. I loved every sentence. Dottie Loudermilk is my kind of woman. Don't miss this off-beat, wonderful mystery.

Meet the Author

Gar Anthony Haywood is the author of the award-winning Aaron Gunner detective series. He lives in California.

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Going Nowhere Fast 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TdeV More than 1 year ago
I've never read this series before (starts with GOING NOWHERE FAST © 1994). They're as wonderful today as if they were written today (minus instant cell phone communication). The protagonists are a blissfully married African-American couple who have run away from their adult children. For anybody who'd like a good chuckle (possibly parents of adult children particularly), these are a fast, entertaining, suspenseful, well-written read. Having read the first in the series, I ordered BAD NEWS TRAVELS FAST from my library. Turns out I couldn't wait, so I bought the ebook (Gar has recently made the titles available as ebooks). Rumour has it Gar is working on the next book in the series. I can't wait!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest books I've ever read!