Joe and Dottie Loudermilks' long-anticipated trip to Washington, D.C., in their beloved Airstream trailer includes a last-minute dinner with their political extremist son and his commune-like roommates. Joe didn't want to visit their son, Eddie, but Dottie couldn't bear not to. The visit turns sour when Joe is unable to tolerate their left-wing rantings, and gets even worse when an ex-compatriot of Eddie's crashes the party, gun in hand, accusing Eddie of stealing his girlfriend. The fellow later turns up dead and Eddie's charged with murder.
Sorting through a morass of blackmail, forgery, and good old-fashioned murder doesn't leave much time for touring, but it does guarantee the Loudermilks a capital adventure. And it's an adventure for listeners too - filled with irreverence, deft comedy, and appealing mystery.
About the Author
Gar Anthony Haywood is the author of the award-winning Aaron Gunner detective series. He lives in California.
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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!
I'm a big fan of the Loudermilk mystery series, and this entry is one reason why. The characters are very real and a lot of fun -- I'd love to have them as friends. The dialog is snappy and the plot is fast paced and just intricate to be interesting without getting overly complex. But who cares about plot when you have characters like this!