Meet Radar Hoverlander

Click here to ORDER NOW! The book that answers the question, “What happens when a con man gets conned?”


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.


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!


The official video is here. Watch it for the hidden Steve Jobs references.

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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
Nigerian Businessman

“It’s like an approachable Camus.”

– 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.”

– Booklist

“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