They say you can't cheat death... Well, that doesn't stop these guys from trying. James DeRossa is a natural born rebel. Just released from Jackson County Jail, he turns his back on the family funeral business in Detroit and heads out to Tinseltown to set up a heist and settle an old score. Who better to hire than a group of unscrupulous undertakers. Only this time they aren't burying anyone, they're out to disinter $25 million in missing cash and ice. But Detective Hank Gladwin brought his shovel to the party and is onto DeRossa when his list of suspects starts pushing up more than daisies. These felons are all about to join a deadly procession and one hell of a ride. DeathrYde: Rebel Without a Corpse is written in the hip, offbeat, satirical crime novel style of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. Fans of Six Feet Under or Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One should also appreciate this oddly entertaining book.
|Publisher:||Gilded Hearse Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
He worked for Borders for many years and went on to publish actor Michael Madsen's poetry and photography under 13 Hands Publications. He is also co-owner and host of Muse on Rodeo, a thought provoking literary series. He has also been a judge for the IBPA's (Independent Book Publishers Association) Benjamin Franklin Awards which honor the best in independent publishing. Michael P. Naughton was also a columnist and contributor to The Beverly Hills Times Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles and is currently working on his mystery novel, "Pit," due out in 2019.
Table of Contents
THEY SAY YOU CAN’T CHEAT DEATH— well, that doesn’t stop these guys from trying.
It wasn’t too hard to round up a group of unscrupulous undertakers to unearth $25,000,000 in missing cash and ice. Guys like—
JAMES DEROSSA, aka “JAMES DEAN,” who came into town to mastermind the caper: Harold & Maude. The Feds had been watching his family since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975.
WES BISHOP & DON KING, two corrupt Crenshaw undertakers that needed the payday more than anyone else.
THE SMOTHERS BROTHERS, owners of Coffin Depot in West Hollywood and currently enrolled in the Funeral Rule Offenders Program. They were smothered in debt.
RAY DRISCOL, aka “QUINCY,” wanted to be a celebrity coroner but never hit the big time... until now.
COFFIN JOE, hearse driver at The Big Sleep Celebrity Death Tours. He had encyclopedic knowledge of celebrity death and a lead foot for the getaway hearse.
Easy enough? The only problem was when Detective Hank Hellion Gladwin got in the way and started digging deeper into his LA sting operation of local funeral homes and then began connecting the dots to a cold case from Detroit in 1975 called Operation Grim Reaper. He knew DeRossa was involved, if only he could solve the mystery of the “Y .”