It wasn't Susan’s fault. Not really. Yes, she accidentally shot a robbery suspect while he was in handcuffs, and yes, she subsequently managed to make the 11 o’clock news splattered in blood wearing only her bra, but that was just a series of unfortunate misunderstandings. Now she was suspended, quite unfairly in her opinion, her future as a LAPD homicide detective up in the air, her parents were driving her crazy about, well, everything really, and to make matters even worse, she’d thrown her back out during a night of heavy drinking and unnecessary violence. Also not her fault, Susan would be the first to point out.
Truth be told, Bob wasn’t faring much better with his life. Sure he was a successful chiropractor, but he was absolutely miserable. He just couldn’t shake the feeling he was stealing money from people who didn’t understand what a giant scam his entire industry was perpetrating on the world. A mid-life crisis in his 30’s seemed absurd on the surface, but Bob was certain there was something more to life than overbilling insurance companies for unnecessary x-ray exams.
When his father, a retired jewel thief, is shot and murdered by a rampaging mid-level mobster with delusions of grandeur, Bob is shaken from his malaise and inspired to not only find the culprit but change his life in the process. He does not, sadly, have the first clue of how to do this, but fortunately for him, one of his patients is a suspended homicide detective who despite her best efforts can’t seem to figure out a way to say no to Bob’s repeated pleas to take on an unauthorized investigation into a murder everyone else is convinced was just a simple mugging gone bad.
Amidst the ensuing romantic complications, Bob and Susan must navigate their way through the labyrinth of the Los Angeles underworld and a motley assortment of incompetents and reprobates with an assortment of personal problems of their own that would make a therapist of twenty years shake his head in disbelief, all in an effort to find the killer and bring him to justice.
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About the Author
Geoff grew up in Indianapolis, surrounded by books and baseball, ultimately seduced by the concrete and asphalt of Los Angeles and a desire to live a film noir lifestyle. He has been completely unsuccessful in this, and most other, regards. His eclectic professional life includes time spent as a high school basketball coach, unlicensed physical therapist and head matchmaker for an international dating service. He has written for television, including the show Medium, and is currently on the faculty of Hollins University. Minor Adjustment is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Geoff Geib’s Minor Adjustment is packed with fully-drawn characters, zany one-liners and a plot that clips along as quickly as a mob hit. Geib tosses off details that show the research that went into writing a mobster/ex-chiropractor/homicide detective/English major opus, adding an air of authenticity to this wild story reminiscent of Hollywood’s screwball comedies. This is a debut novel that reads like it comes from the pen of a seasoned pro. I enjoyed every page and eagerly await Geib’s next novel.
This was really good! Lots of amusing, offbeat characters with great dialogue and a cool heroine made this a really enjoyable read.