From growing up in a Canadian Mountie household to writing Hollywood screenplays, debut short story writer Rick Butler has mined his real-life experiences for THE MOUNTIE IN THE HOUSE AND OTHER STORIES.
"These are lively, insightful and highly entertaining stories from a very fine writer with talent to burn," says Leo Furey, author of The Long Run. "Prime reading for lovers of vivid, fast-paced fiction."
Among the 14 quirky, often-humorous tales, a seven-year-old boy watches his Mountie father pursue justice in their small town. A Venice Beach murder victim pursues her killer from the other side. An escaped convict and a young screenwriter light out for old Mexico in pursuit of a hit movie. A disgruntled wedding guest disrupts a million dollar ceremony. A visiting student falls in with a rollicking cast of eccentrics in Brighton, UK. A screenwriter teams with Michael Jackson to pitch a movie plot to the biggest studios...
"Rick Butler's short story collection is the ideal travel companion," says Chip Conley, author of Emotional Equations and Peak.
About the Author: RICK BUTLER
Writer and hotel entrepreneur Rick Butler was raised in a Mountie household in small town Nova Scotia. He attended university in Ontario and England. He is the author of three books and numerous short stories. Two stories from THE MOUNTIE IN THE HOUSE were recently published by prestigious literary journals. In previous lives, Rick was a radio and TV announcer and producer, Hollywood screenwriter, and university professor. Rick owns the world-famous Hotel California in Santa Monica and San Francisco (www.hotelca.com). He maintains residences in California, Manhattan and Nova Scotia, where he lives with his wife and a trio of furry friends.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the real thing – 14 well-crafted short stories that sing. Off-the-wall, moving, occasionally sentimental and often wildly funny, the stories take you on a rollicking ride from small-town Nova Scotia to upper-class Rosedale to a working-class neighbourhood in Brighton to the outer dimensions of Hollywood sleaze and California weird. Rick Butler’s wonderfully off-kilter fictional lens brings us into the lives of small-town Mounties, petty thieves, struggling lovers, earnest children, monstrous egos, mothers on the cusp of suicide, up-scale and down-scale grifters, a murderer and even his victim’s ghost, all cracking jokes, complaining and arguing as they play the odds and wrestle with life in all its unfair and bizarre richness. These are large-hearted stories that never fail to entertain. Read them.