High in the hills above fashionable Montecito, California, slipping in and out of their mansions on Swizzle Stick Road, a ridiculously wealthy family is under siege. A crooked lawyer, a beautiful Chinese pro golfer, and a celebrity-mad plastic surgeon conspire to convince a wealthy family’s patriarch to move his factories from Cleveland to China. But the youngest son, a gay man, gets wind of the conspiracy and fights like a mad dog to stop it.
What follows is a brutally funny comedy of grandiose intentions, half-baked revenge, heroic upper crust foolishness, and a passionate cross-cultural romance. David Drum's Introducing the Richest Family in America runs the gauntlet of greed, betrayal and desire as America’s richest family teeters precariously on the edge of dissolution and struggles to right itself again.
“I loved your daffy characters, they were totally refreshing. Gave me some of the best laughs I had all winter.”
--Deb Fowler, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer
“Glamorous locales and timely subject matter… engaging and fun. I found it hard to put down.”
--Kavita Daswani, author of The Village Bride of Beverly Hills
“I do like to read books every now and then that sound like Benny Hill is dashing thorough the pages ahead of me and this one fit the bill perfectly...."
--Feathered Quill Reviews
“Introducing the Richest Family in America is a riveting read and a solidly recommended one.”
--Midwest Book Review
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About the Author
David Drum is an award-winning journalist and writer. He is the author or co-author of eight nonfiction books in the health area as well as the comic novel, Introducing the Richest Family in America. His health books are known for their practical, well-researched content and have been well reviewed. David has worked as a newspaper reporter, a sports editor, an advertising copywriter, a ranch foreman, an encyclopedia salesman, a short order cook, and an inner-city schoolteacher. He has been an independent writer since 1978. He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Independent Writers of Southern California, and the American Medical Writers Association. A native of Wichita, Kansas, he is a graduate of Brevard College, the University of California at Riverside and the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. The author currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Commodore Commode's favorite way to accent a situation was to pass a little gas and turn his head. Who me? Perhaps it was only fitting in honor of the family business, toilet production, started by "Red Nick" Commode all those years ago in Cleveland. The business was now located in Santa Barbara, California and since Red's day, there had been many additions to the family. Commodore and his wife, the dear departed Milly, had three children, her favorite being Philip (with one L) who had a "platonic friend" named Diego. Their other two children, Petunia and Clementine, had long since been married off to two gold digging Omega Pi fraternity brothers at Stanford. Commodore Cornelius Commode III had it all including two ridiculous sons-in-law and more money than he'd ever be able to count. Cha ching! Petunia Rockefeller was swept off her feet by one "Prince" Simon Butterknut, who promptly became the vice-president of legal affairs in the old capitalist billionaire's office. Petunia was not hard to please (at first) and the simple addition of a "knee-high little pig, which followed her around the mansion like a perky dog" made her oh so happy. Before you know it, she had so many "children" she had to keep them on "Pig Island." Money was nothing to them and flowed though their hands like water. Clemmie promptly hitched up with Prince's pal, R. Baron "Clippy" Clipster, a plastic surgeon. Clippy had been "taught to work fast and hard in medical school to keep his knives and surgical instruments sharp and sterile at all times, and to bill for everything as soon as possible after the surgery." Money in, money out, but soon Prince Nutty and Clippy would conspire to get more. Commodore wasn't getting much of anything since his darling Milly had died, but his sons-in-law, always concerned about dear old daddy, had something in mind to lift his spirits and add to their wallets. Nutty had a proposal for the Doctor saying, "It's all your money! Even if she knew about it Clementine wouldn't be able to touch a dime." To which the Doctor, who was no fool, replied, "I like it. Count me in." There was big money to be made if those toilet factories were relocated to China. Nutty knew that the old fart once had a fling with an Asian girl. Miss Long Drive Loo, their co-conspirator, was soon on the scene. She "leaned toward Commodore and confided that when she was a girl, a fortune teller in Nanking told her that she would some day fall in love with a handsome businessman ..." Would old Commie fall for Miss Loo? Would they get him to move the company businesses to Shanghai? This hilarious spoof on the richest so called "family" in America will keep you in stitches from the first page to the last. Everyone has a particular comedic genre they prefer and if it is of the Reader's Digest type you need not apply here. The characters, including their names, were cornball personified. Admittedly, I do like to read books every now and then that sound like Benny Hill is dashing thorough the pages ahead of me and this one fit the bill perfectly. The writing was spot on inane and the laughter, although it didn't come incessantly, came often enough to keep me quite amused. Quill says: If you want to relax and have a few good laughs, you just might want to visit with the daffiest and richest family the good old US of A has ever seen, the Commodes!