Deathryde: Rebel Without a Corpse by Michael P. Naughton – May 27, 2008
They say you can’t cheat death… well, that doesn’t stop these guys from trying… James DeRossa is a natural born rebel. Just released from Jackson County Jail, he turns his back on the family funeral business in Detroit and heads out to Tinseltown to set up a heist and settle an old score. Who better to hire than a group of unscrupulous undertakers. Only this time they aren’t burying anyone, they’re out to disinter $25 million in missing cash and ice. But Detective Hank Gladwin brought his shovel to the party and is onto DeRossa when his list of suspects starts pushing up more than daisies. These felons are all about to join a deadly procession and one hell of a ride. DeathrYde: Rebel Without a Corpse is written in the hip, offbeat, satirical crime novel style of Elmore Leonard and Richard Stark’s Parker novels. Fans of Six Feet Under or Evelyn Waugh’s The Loved One should also appreciate this oddly entertaining book.
If you have a taste for slambang satire that plays games with the names of dead celebrities from James Dean to Barbara Stanwyck and a hearse driver with the marvelous name of Coffin Joe, Michael P. Naughton’s Deathryde: Rebel without a Corpse (Gilded Hearse Press, $12.95, 183 pages), is your kind of book. It’s the story of a gang of criminal undertakers engaged in a caper known as “Harold and Maude” involving a group of Hollywood funeral homes and an ancient but unforgotten mafia heist. Mr. Naughton is a professional screenwriter and you can tell. He is flip and quite often funny and understands the value of brevity as few current writers do. This is the kind of book that can even take your mind off flying as you try to decipher the short takes of the plot. –The Washington Times
Deathryde is funny and fast-paced and hits some surprising twists – it has a similar feeling as the movie Be Cool –Curled Up With A Good Book
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