Okay. Today's the day. I give away a copy of this lovely book. Lovely nuthin'. Y'all, I've been reading the wrong books all these years. Or at least since I've become a mom. I think I'd have been reading more fiction if I'd known novels like this existed.
Rob Rogers spoke, as y'all know, with our writer's group on Saturday. Hop over to his blog and see that he wrote about the experience, which tickles me to no end. :) While we were all together, Erik (who's also written an entire book, working on getting it published - woot!) said something about the book putting him in mind of Gotham, what it must be like on a daily basis, when Batman's not around. I like that. It really does describe Devil's Cape. And y'all KNOW I'm a fan of the Dark Knight. He sets my cape a-fluttering.
I also love that this book is set in Louisiana, near New Orleans. Tranny Head was correct in totally trashing Louisiana for T.I.T. (Totally Incensed Tuesday) a few weeks back. It's a hot, humid, dirty, incredibly corrupt state. The people are good hearted, for the most part, but there's really something to be said for the validity of its reputation. Especially in and around New Orleans.
Devil's Cape takes place just north of the city, an imaginary, yet very real, place. I want to tell you all about it, but I think it helped that I knew nothing going into the reading of the book. I'll tell you that a couple of chapters in, the Hunny crawled into bed while I was reading, wanting to chat and just spend some time with me, and I hushed him with, "Not now! A group of side show freaks just turned into super villains!"
This book kept twisting and turning, keeping me on the edge of my seat, certainly keeping me awake at work all night. The first three pages sucked me in. A Greek restaurant, the father of twins about to baptize his new sons before their official baptism, wants to keep them out of "the family business", has urns with hair from the Golden Fleece of the the Argonauts. What the heck?
I give this book a PG-13 rating, for violence and language. Not to be read aloud to small children. But I think I'd let my 14 and 15 year old read it. I know that Oatmeal Head would just eat this UP. But he can't, see, because I'm giving away my author signed copy. In fact, the signing says, "Thanks for supporting Flea's World, and welcome to Devil's Cape!" Just for one of you. I've been wracking my brain to think of a fun type of contest, rather than the typical random generator. Can't come up with one. I would appreciate it if you'd mention this contest on your blog, with a link back here (I'd appreciate it so much it would earn you three extra chances to win). Otherwise you can just leave a comment on this post. The contest will run until Friday at nine PM CST.
If you're a fan of thriller/suspense, you'll want to read Devil's Cape. It's worth the time and energy. And Mr. Rogers? Please finish that sequel? I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Until I write again ...