Synopses & Reviews
Nick Ray lives in a world where everything is for sale. University Ph.D.s, pig fetuses, bomb shelters, and vending-machine-dispensed live bait, to name just a few. But for the first time in a long time, Nick Ray finally has something to sell.
Determined to be covert about an affair he's having with a woman already spoken for (by another woman), Nick buys the cheapest computer he can find at a local pawn shop, only to discover that the hard drive contains the names and addresses of dozens of members of the Witness Protection Program.
Partnering with a hulking Russian gangster with the world's worst fashion sense and a disbarred lawyer who drinks rocket fuel, Nick decides to take advantage of his unique discovery. Yet despite the impressive credentials of this entrepreneurial dream team, Nick soon learns that having something to sell can end up simply making you a valuable commodity to someone else wanting to make a big score ...
"Nick Ray, the divorced, alcoholic narrator of screenwriter/rocker Roberge's zany, intermittently amusing suspense novel, works the night-shift at the historic Lincoln Hotel, a sewage-challenged Long Beach, California, commercial property that survived the 1933 earthquake. 'No one with anyone they could count on ended up here,' Nick explains, 'there were no mom or dads knocking on the doors of the Lincoln.' Aching to get out of the place, Nick is thrilled when he buys a fossilized computer and discovers that it's loaded with the current locations of whistle-blowers who were hidden by the government's witness-protection program-priceless information to thugs looking for revenge and a payoff for Nick to start a new life with his kinky, bisexual lover Tara. With the help of a flashy, gold-toothed Russian criminal and a lawyer-turned-recovering junkie, Nick test-blackmails relocated Frank Carr with surprising success. But greed soon intervenes and the troika gets in over their heads with dangerous felon and Titanic fanatic Harry Fudge, an aging crook Cole's firm once rescued from a hefty jail sentence. Though the narrative eventually downshifts into an easy, uninspired resolution, this drug-hazed Christmastime romp will please many readers with its dark humor and quick plot twists." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Rob Roberge is a novelist, screenwriter, and director, and plays in a rock 'n' roll band. His short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Literary Review. He lives in California.