“Life sucks. Then you die. Or, if you’re Dick Moonlight, first you die and then you live.”
Dick Moonlight is dead.
Really dead this time, now that three President Obama-masked thugs dressed all in black and communicating only with hand-held voice synthesizers pressed up against their voice boxes have beat the life right out of him inside a dark, downtown Albany alley. What are the thugs after? A box. Size, weight, description unknown. They also want him to stay away from his newest and only client: a handicapped nuclear engineer of dubious Russian heritage by the same of Peter Czech.
But then, now that they’ve killed him, Moonlight’s problems seem to be over. In fact, as he undergoes an out of body experience, his soul floating above his train-wreck of a corpse inside the Albany Medical Center I.C.U., he feels pretty damned good. Great in fact. To make death all the more sweeter, his one true love, Lola, is standing by his bedside. With her long dark hair draping her chiseled face and big round Jackie O sunglasses hiding tear-filled eyes, she appears every bit the grieving sig other. Nothing could make the dead-and-gone Moonlight prouder.
But then something happens. Something bad. A man enters into the I.C.U. Some young guy. He takes hold of Lola’s hand, and pulls her into him. Together, the two share a loving embrace over Moonlight’s dead body. Now, what seemed like a peaceful death is anything but. Moonlight wants back inside his body so he can face-off Some Young Guy and find out if his true love has in fact been cheating on him. At the same time, he wants to find out the true identity of those thugs who killed him so he can exact his revenge. No doubt about it, Moonlight needs to live if he’s going to uncover some pretty painful answers and take care of business.
Like a little kid dropping down a playground slide, Moonlight slides right back inside his bruised and broken body. Opening his eyes the white light blinds him. He feels the pain of his wounds and the pain of his breaking heart.
Life sucks, then you die.
But Moonlight rises.
Review: What a wild and crazy ride this book was! Always changing, having a hard time figuring out the who, what, when and where . . and then, it all starts to snap into place. As all the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together, one may find themselves afraid to ask . . what next? (Because, that may be opening another can of worms no one wants.)
Hired by a young man (Paul) to locate his father, Dick is thrown into the middle of some deep stuff. Not knowing how deep until it costs him his life (for five minutes). Now it’s a race to find all the pieces of the puzzle, before the electric voice, Obama mask wearing men find him again.
With the help of his good friend Georgie (who reminds me of Leo from That 70’s Show), it takes a lot of mental strength and working together to keep each other alive and see this thing to the end.
A great read. I hope to be able to visit with Dick and Georgie again in the future. What a great team!
Favorite Quote: “As I drift off, I think, Baby, are you gonna have some serious explaining to do when I wake up, or what?”
October 5th- Review @ Mama Knows Books