A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery – Book 2
“The writing is brilliant. The mystery is gripping. and Rex Koko, the clown detective, makes for a thoroughly engaging narrator. I loved this book and can’t wait to read the others.’
—Jonathan Eig, Ali: A Life, The Birth of the Pill, Luckiest Man
“James Finn Garner shows us the wild breadth and dangerous, loopy depths of his imagination once again in Double Indignity. It’s bursting with memorable characters (both human and feline), whip-smart writing and innumerable jokes that come at you so fast and dead-on that you’re likely to wake up the morning after wondering what hit you. Fortunately, it’s a fine new book, not a lion’s paw or a cop’s truncheon.’
—Christine Sneed, The Virginity of Famous Men, Paris He Said, Little Known Facts
In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, audiences come every night for cheap thrills, both wholesome and not. Fire eaters perform for gin money. Gypsies reveal the future (and for a sawbuck can make it happen). Daredevils cheat Death time after time, but once. And witness to it all is one of the most loved and notorious figures in Top Town, a tough joey with a deadly past and a nose for picking all the wrong fights: Rex Koko, private clown.
In Double Indignity, Rex Koko is begged to bring in a runaway lion, but has his shoe eaten in the process. Trying to get repaid for the expensive footwear, he runs afoul of drug-pushing quacks, alligator hypnotists, Amazonian witch doctors and blue-nosed moral crusaders trying to shut down Top Town. Before the second act, menace fills the air like the smell of popcorn, whiskey and fear. The South American jungle was never so dangerous as the tawdry streets of “The next best thing to a circus.”
It’s three rings of danger, suspense and more danger. Lions! Lustful ladies! Lethal larries!
As e.e. cummings said, “Damn everything, but the circus!”
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