Dunne, Dec 2004, 23.95, 256 pp.
Former TV writer Jake Wheeler was a big success in Hollywood scripting some very popular shows, but he lost his lofty standing and his wealth to what he felt was the two “A”s: age and alcohol while the community dropped him for a string of flops. Jake returned to his hometown of Aspen struggling to make a living while drinking diet coke with sugar to overcome his drinking problem.
Long time friend Chief of Police Rick Rankin offers Jake work as a private sleuth. Laura Keller (whose surname is now some cereal company) needs a detective to find her missing seventeen years old stepdaughter Tinker “Bell” Mellon while her spouse (Tinker's genetic dad) is spending the season in Alabama watching football. Except for the aid of Winston (the dog), Jake fumbles the ball time after time.
Readers who appreciate hours of laugher from the asides, self deprecations, puns, and buddy shots will want to read ASPEN PULP, a private investigative tale that feels more like Inspector Clouseau, Rocky Mountain amateur sleuth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner