The Big Show Stopper

The Big Show Stopper

by Ken Dalton


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Brady Blackstone, America's richest and favorite concert performer, dies in a tragic accident while Bear and Flo, along with thousands of northern Nevada's music lovers, look on in horror.
However, before Bear can maneuver Flo back to their apartment to complete her birthday celebration, they stumble across a clue that makes them question if Brady's death was an accident.
In The Big Show Stopper, Pinky, a sleazy but sucessful defence attorney, and Bear, a street-wise ex bartender, mix madness with mayhem as you meet Brady's less than grieving widow-a trigger-happy Carson City Cop named Ice Conner-travel in first-class luxury with Pinky as he follows a questionable lead to an exotic location and suffer with Flo in Bear's old pick up while they drive to another of America's armpit locations where they discover Brady Blackstone's killer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578054599
Publisher: Different Drummer Press
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Ken was born in 1938.
In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken not long after the picture on the right was taken.
At the end of World War II, Ken's family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer's brat on a base called Fort Warren.
By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken's luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.
In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke from Germany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.
In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.
With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.
Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.
Then, ten years ago, in a moment of madness, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens. After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.
Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world's latest overnight sensation.

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The Big Show Stopper 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love a good mystery, and while there is some language, this one fell into that good mystery category. I was instantly captured by Dalton's characters and the laugh-out-loud antics that Pinky-the DA and Bear-the off the street PI go through. The perfect blend of laughs and mystery make up this great read!I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Pinky and Bear were first introduced in Dalton's The Bloody Birthright, though, sadly, I haven't read that one yet. These two really come together and work to pull the pieces of crime together. I would think that I had figured out the who-dun-it's and then bam! Dalton throws it up in the air and I'd have to follow Pinky and Bear all over again to try and guess the suspect again. It was so fun trying to solve the show stopping crime!If you love a good mystery that will keep the page turning and the laughs rolling, grab a copy of Dalton's 4 star novel, The Big Show Stopper. Dalton's talent can be seen immediately and will hook you till the finish. I can't wait to go back and read The Bloody Birthright and am looking forward to the release of a new Pinky and The Bear Mystery!
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Big Show Stopper was a very entertaining and at times amusing book. Mr. Dalton does a great job setting up the characters and the mystery plot in this book and keeping the reader hooked from the first page until the last..The Big Show Stopper is the second book in the Pinky and the Bear series, but the first one I have read. I believe this book stands alone quite well but I am sure I will go back and read the first one when I get a chance. The main players in the book are lawyer, Pinky, Bear who is Pinky's investigator and someone that Pinky successfully defended against a murder charge, and Flo who is Bear's girlfriend. They are all interesting and very individual characters, there is no confusing one character from another.The plot centers on the murder of a very popular singer who is killed at the beginning of one of his concerts, one that Bear and Flo just happen to be at and takes place near Carson City where Pinky practices law. Add in the stage manager who is accused of murder, the dead singer's wife who is involved with accused stage manager, and others who had plenty of reason to kill Brady Blackstone, who to those who knew him well was not the nicest guy. As Bear and Flo follow the trail things get more and more interesting until it all comes to a head and things are finally figured out.I found the interplay between the characters to be the most interesting. The plot kept things moving, but the characters really made the book to me. Lots of sarcasm and realism is involved with the characters and that made the book satisfying to me. A pretty quick and easy read. It's not deep nor does it require a lot of thought. I did not figure out exactly who did it until close to the end so the plot is not a dead giveaway.So if you like fun murder mysteries without a lot of violence in them, this is the perfect book for you. Full of interesting relationships and lively characters, The Big Show Stopper is sure to impress readers.
pinkcrayon99 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Immediately, when I started reading this novel I felt like I was a part of this story and the team. It felt like I was following a movie more so than a novel (strange I know). Bear Zabarte is a private investigator for Attorney J. Pincus Delmot known to everyone as Pinky. Bear has to take his overbearing girlfriend, Flo, to a Brady Blackstone concert for her birthday. While making his way to the stage Brady dies a tragic and totally unexpected death. Thus the mystery ensues.The story is dually narrated by Pinky and Bear. Pinky and Bear being total opposites gave the story a good balance. I must say that my favorite character was Pinky. He is strange yet very funny. Just so happens when I¿m not writing reviews, I work with attorneys so I personally know a few Pinky¿s. This story is suspenseful and really hilarious. Just when you think you may have figured out who the killer may be there is a twist. My least favorite character was Flo. It seemed as if she was created to be a ¿filler.¿ Flo was basically whiny and obnoxious. The story really flowed. There were enough details about each character and the actual case that you never felt like you missed anything yet the details were not overwhelming.I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive about reading this book because it was so different from what I normally read. I am so glad that I agreed to review this novel because it turned out to be very upbeat and engaging. The Big Show Stopper was a well paced mystery that I could not put down.Highly RecommendSource: Tribute Books for promo blog toure-book (296pgs)
sandiek More than 1 year ago
This is the second Pinky and Bear mystery in Ken Dalton's series. Pinky is J. Pincus Delmont, the best criminal lawyer (he is quick to tell you) in Carson City, Nevada. Pinky gets results but doesn't mind pushing the morality envelope to do so. Bear is Bear Zabarte, a street-wise guy who came from a Basque sheep-herding family and now makes a living doing this and that. The that at the moment is working as an investigator for Pinky Bear is accompanied everywhere by his girlfriend Flo, who would be welcomed as a regular on Jersey Shore. A high-maintenance woman with a great body and demands piled high, she makes sure Bear toes the line and also that he gets his due from Pinky. Bear and Flo head for a concert, Bear's birthday present to Flo, to hear her favorite singer Brady Blackstone. Jack Spurlock, Flo's hairdresser's son, has come up with great tickets and a backstage pass. Ready for a fun night, instead they and a screaming audience of fans are shocked when an accident on stage results in Brady's death. The police soon determine that it is no accident, and arrest Jack, who was in charge of making sure all the equipment worked. Pinky and Bear spring into action. Pinky is contacted by the grieving widow, who isn't grieving at all, and who is having an affair with Jack. She offers Pinky a big fee if he can get Jack released from jail. Pinky puts Bear on the case, and he takes Flo with him. There are lots of quirky characters; a Vietnam vet who is homeless, various characters in the real estate business, Pinky's ex-wife, Willow, who is the prosecutor, a cute blonde who seems to be after Bear, and a policeman who has vowed to put Bear in jail. Can this pair discover what caused Brady's death and free Jack before the fee time limit runs out? This book is recommended for mystery readers who like breezy, witty mysteries. The characters are believable and the mystery unravels slowly enough to be satisfying. The interplay between the various characters makes the book enjoyable. Dalton's third mystery in this series comes out soon, and readers who enjoy this one will be anxiously awaiting that one.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A book that started a little rough, ended up being a great book that I am excited to share. From the beginning, there was a lot of language both curse words and crude, but once the story picked up you could push that to the side to enjoy the investigation. Taking readers behind the scenes of the music industry and the business side of things, I could honestly picture the people in this country singer's inner circle. A person is who they surround themselves with and how they treat those who work for them. The singer who dies early on in the book was a domineering person who tried to control everything, yet had no control. You find throughout the book how many people he made angry and their motives as to why they may have wanted him dead. You are on the roller-coaster with Bear trying to find out who dun it! This past summer I had the great opportunity to go backstage at a concert. I have a cousin who works for a record label in Nashville and her artist was an opening act, so a group of girls gathered and enjoyed the perks of backstage passes - watching the acts warm up, it was a private concert. I kept thinking about all of what I had seen from the side and behind the stage when Bear kept arriving at different tour stops. I would pass this book onto both men and women alike - those who like the mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago