Murders and militias and snakes, oh my!
Too High delightfully fulfills the reputation Corson Hirschfeld established for delicious, off beat mysteries in the tradition of Hiaasen and Leonard.
Hawaiian archaeologist Digger Fitz arrives in Golden Leaf, Kentucky, for a reunion with his niece, Nikki, a herpetologist, and his cousin, and fellow archaeologist Edgar. But he has barely unpacked his bags when he becomes the primary suspect in Edgar's gruesome murder. To find the real killer, Digger and Nikki must dodge country cops and their crazed kin, a pair of eccentric collectors waging a private war over an invaluable artifact, a mountain militia . . . and four hundred rattlesnakes from a reptile shipment gone awry!
|Publisher:||Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.18(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.19(d)|
About the Author
Once active in zoology, Corson Hirschfeld has been a professional photographer for many years, working on assignment for corporations and magazines. His photographs of the world's sacred sites (which can be seen on his website) have shown at the Smithsonian Institution and other museums. As a writer, Corson has been drawn to whacky Americana and such less-than-sacred places as Waikiki, Las Vegas, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Freeze Dry is Corson's third novel, following Aloha, Mr. Lucky, and Too High (all from Forge). Corson Hirschfeld lives in Cincinnati, with occasional forays into terra incognita.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Corson Hirschfeld's novel, Too High, is a murder mystery, but his characters steal the plot through his excellent characterizations that often keep you laughing. The author has a wonderful cynical way of expressing humor in the descriptions of his sometimes rather bizarre characters.*********** With a historical treasure at the center of the motivation for the murder, Mr. Hirschfeld includes many historical accounts surrounding the artifact that is at the core of his story plot. He is an excellent writer and weaves a complicated tale through the play and interactions of his characters. The rather strange personalities and idiosyncratic behaviors of the characters keep the story moving forward.
Jungle Jim Bybee was driving his bus filled with 436 rattlesnakes through McAfee County, Kentucky, when he took a hairpin curve too fast. He dies in the subsequent crash, but his cargo escape. At around the same time that Jungle Jim¿s serpents tasted freedom, Hawaiian archeologist Harmon ¿Digger¿ Fitz is in town for a family reunion with his cousin retired archeologist Edgar Fitz and his niece Nikki. However, instead of meeting up with Edgar, County Sheriff Cooney McCoy informs him his relative is dead. Not trusting law enforcement officials to seek the truth and justice as opposed to solving the case by blaming the ¿foreigner¿ namely himself, Digger accompanied by Nikki begin digging for clues. Soon Digger and Nikki find themselves in a tug of war between two rivals wanting to possess French and Indian War artifact. The duo also tries to avoid an assortment of lunatics claiming Armageddon has arrived marked by the serpents among them and a militia ready to destroy the world to stop the FBI-ET collusion from succeeding. Though threads are left dangling and the who-done-it seems more like a subplot, fans who enjoy a farcical very amusing jaunt will take pleasure from TOO HIGH. The story line is a wild ride in the countryside as the likable and intelligent Digger bounces from one misadventure to another in comic often slapstick style. The cast provides perspective often in a fringe viewpoint, which in turn makes Corson Hirschfeld¿s novel a fun to read experience and send the audience seeking the author¿s first novel, ALOHA, MR. LUCKY. Harriet Klausner