Meet John Vorhaus
AN IMPERFECT SEARCH FOR PURPOSE…
When you’re Alexander Poole, everyone’s your teacher: a skeevy stereo salesman, master of the bait and switch; a flaky folk singer and his dog that reads Tolkien; a drug dealer loan shark with a passion for trees; a ballsy townie chick who turns you on to Springsteen; your wiseass roommate whose favorite pastime is smoking your dope; even your one true love. Together they point you to paradise — Poole’s Paradise — but what will it cost to get in?
Set in 1974 — and drenched in bell-ringing seventies references — Poole’s Paradise is a truth-seeking mission on the order of Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, although a lot shorter and a good deal easier to read.
A SIXTIES TRIP IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD…
A coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969, Lucy in the Sky lightly touches on such weighty issues as the meaning of life, the purpose of art and the existence of God. For those interested in answers to The Big Questions or just keen to revisit a simpler time, Lucy in the Sky promises a fun and compelling trip – and that’s trip in every sense of the word.
Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year. Then, propitiously on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing. Lucy teaches Gene that being a hippie isn’t about love beads and peace signs, but about the choices you make and the stands you take. Yet for all her airy insights into religion, philosophy and “the isness of it all,” Lucy harbors dark secrets – secrets that will soon put her on the run, with Gene by her side.
Lucy in the Sky resonates of such classics as Summer of ’42 and and invites the reader into a richly detailed vision of the ‘60s, as realized by Vorhaus’s sure-handed prose and authentic sense of place and time. With frank talk about sex and drugs, Vorhaus pulls no punches about the realities of the era, yet delivers an uplifting message about personal power and the path to enlightenment. A rewarding read for young seekers and old geezers alike.
MONEY IS JUST HOW YOU KEEP SCORE…
Poor Radar Hoverlander. He has a problem he can’t solve… too much money! That’s what happens when you’re a world-class con artist and everything’s going according to your amoral plan. But what happens when that amoral plan breaks down? And your girlfriend is pregnant? And your innocent next-door neighbor has fallen into the clutches of the worst kind of snake oil salesman? Who’s secretly after you? Worst of all, you seem to be suffering from the Goodness Virus and as far as anyone can tell, there is no cure.
That’s a whole big plate full of problems for Radar, but for fans of The California Roll and The Albuquerque Turkey, it’s a chance to catch up again with Radar and his partners, the lovable (and pregnant) Allie Quinn and the quirky (and insane) Vic Mirplo. Deep in the heart of Texas, Radar and his pals face their toughest adversary so far, and Radar faces the prospect that — shudder — he might be outgrowing the game.
THE TURKEY THAT STARTED IT ALL…
World class con artist Radar Hoverlander is back in a new adventure! And — hail, hail — the gang’s all here, too, if by gang we mean Radar’s conny gf Allie Quinn and his hapless bff Vic Mirplo. They’re all hanging out in Santa Fe, New Mexico, trying to live the straight life. It shouldn’t be so hard, considering how big they cashed in The California Roll, but the best laid plans of mice and (con) men oft go astray. Thus it is that Radar’s life is turned upside down by the one man with the power to make a master manipulator dance like a puppet on a string — his own old man!
Faint Praise for Radar Hoverlander
“Now that’s a scheme!”
— Charles Ponzi
“If I had half Radar’s brains, I wouldn’t be here now.”
— Bernie Madoff
Butner Federal Prison
“Please let me send you $50 million.”
— Patrick Noochi
“It’s like an approachable Camus.”
“Vorhaus’ brand of ‘sunshine noir’ really brightens my day.”
— E. A. Poe
“He’s like ‘The Sound of Music,’ but without the music.”
— M. von Trapp
Real Praise for John Vorhaus
“The California Roll is grand entertainment…No caper-novel fan should miss this one.”
“Laugh-out-loud funny. . . . If you love colorful characters, slapstick, a fast-paced story, and witty language, you’ll enjoy The California Roll.”
“I loved this comic caper with its twisty pretzel plot, clever invented language, and an attitude that’s Carl Hiaasen channeling Dane Cook.”
— Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Pleasantly preposterous…what Radar (and Vorhaus) understand is that every emotional attachment can be exploited for the sake of a scam…A lighthearted caper with psycholical insight.”
— Kirkus Reviews