The self-centered director of a small Shakespearean troupe has been killed on the flanks of a remote Utah bluff, and ex-sheriff Bud Shumway knows it has something to do with someone in the Witness Protection Program, even though his bumbling replacement, Sheriff Howie, suspects a mysterious prospector who has just arrived from the Superstition Mountains. Set at the Silver Spur Cafe in a nearly abandoned railroad town in southeast Utah, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering when Shakespeare´s going to roll over in his grave. Add in a whacky bunch of hippie kids in an old converted school bus, a suspicious waitress, an invasion of old Rolls Royces, a group of superstitious actors, and the local Liar´s Club, and you´ll soon see why there´s bound to be foul play at the Silver Spur Cafe. In any case, you´ll find out who really killed the director, and it may not be who you think. And you´ll also find that to shoot or not to shoot, that is the question. 1. Language: English. Narrator: E. Roy Worley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/019624/bk_acx0_019624_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hailed as The Awl´s 2012 novel to anticipate, this glorious debut stars hippie detectives, a singular city, and an MFA student on the run. On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day, when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation and becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme, he will learn far more than he ever wanted to about his former four-eggs-at-a-time borrowing neighbor, Dolores Stone, aka ´´The Grey Beaver´´, and her shocking connections to an underworld only a city like this one could create. Siddhartha ´´Sid” Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything (except his gorgeous wife) and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco, fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafe habitués, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who’s causing trouble in this city they love to hate. Unique, pulsing with vigor and heart, and loaded with fierce, fresh language, The Dead Do Not Improve confirms Jay Caspian Kang as a true American original, as obsessed with surfing and surviving as with the power of unforgettable storytelling. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Feodor Chin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003208/bk_rand_003208_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.