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"Highly imaginative." —Kirkus Reviews
"The Eastman series continues to combine a superb premise (evoking the political thrillers of the late, great Ross Thomas) with a nice comic touch and a fine sense of the absurd (suggesting both Westlake and Hiaasen). Keep your eye on this series, and if you haven't read the earlier installments, now's the time to catch up." —Booklist
"As energetic and entertaining as the three previous novels, but with more ambition, depth and, ultimately, reader satisfaction." —South Jersey Courier-Post
"Dezenhall's characters seem to breathe right off the pages." —The Tennessean
"Eric Dezenhall proves once again that Washington is sixty square miles of concrete surrounded by reality. SPINNING DIXIE sparkles with wit and insight." —Kinky Friedman, author of Cowboy Logic
"From the Mafia kingpins of South Jersey, to the belles of the Deep South, SPINNIGN DIXIE is rich in greedy, creepy, sexy characters, and a wisecracking narrator who tosses around one-liners faster than a roulette wheel. Eric Dezenhall is an accomplished raconteur who can spin a satirical, dizzying tale of intrigue. Take a chance on Spinning Dixie. Odds are, you'll love it."
—Mindy Friddle, author of Garden Angel
Praise for TURNPIKE FLAMEOUT:
"[A] funny and fast-moving novel." —Dallas Morning News
"An entertaining ride." —Philadelphia Inquirer
"First-rate." —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Eric Dezenhall and SHAKEDOWN BEACH:
"A cheeky political satire...Here's proof that politics is funny when it isn't even trying." —Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR
"Reads like a Carl Hiaasen novel hijacked from South Florida and plopped down in South Jersey...a well-observed thriller." —-The Philadelphia Inquirer
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Posted December 9, 2008
In 2005 the Global War on Terrorism comes home when a suicide bomber commits kamikaze at a Philadelphia Phillies home game. This attack on American soil places President James Lee Truitt on the defensive, but his relatively new Press Secretary Jonah Eastman provides dark Jersey TURNPIKE FLAMEOUT humor that enrages everyone especially Philly fanatics. Jonah is fired for his insensitivity towards the president and his party¿s needs. Before Jonah can head north from DC, his high school sweetheart (at least for one glorious summer of love), Claudine Polk arrives at his former office to ask him to help save her family's Rattle & Snap Tennessee plantation. Jonah, thinking he can relive his greatest moments in Atlantic City, agrees though he suspects his beautiful southern belle has not come to town seeking circumcised kosher hot dog. Still hoping to get lucky, he begins an out of control Godzilla spin campaign that brings into his game the president, political action committee, Civil War re-enactors, the military, and the mob to name a few, all caught in his web. A second civil war seems imminent as Operation Dixie Knish causes Truitt to approve countermeasure Operation Enough Already. --- As always Jonah spins out of control leading to a zany way out domestic crisis thriller that could only be written by Eric Dezenhall. The insane story line is action-packed as it rotates between 2005 and 1980 (so Jonah was too young for the original summer of love). The cast is purposely stereotyped as war veterans, mobsters, Tennessee Volunteers from the U of T and some Vanderbilt intellects, and an assortment of politicians, all caught in the spinmiester¿s web. Though some of the sub-plotting never bridges back to Jonah¿s mission to repeat his teen conquest as a forty something male, fans of the series will enjoy his SPINNING DIXIE out of control. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.