Kaleidoscope

Darryl Wimberley, Author . Toby $24.95 (267p) ISBN 978-1-59264-244-1

Hapless, handsome Jack Romaine, a small-time gambler and drinker in 1929 Cincinnati, tracks a mysterious woman who's the key to a hidden fortune in Wimberley's evocative mystery. Hauled before gangster Oliver Bladehorn, Jack is given a simple chore that will cancel his debts: pick up a woman being released from prison who will lead him to the prize in cash and stocks. On a trail rife with cruelty, violence and murder, he finds himself in Tampa, Fla., at Kaleidoscope, a “beddy” where carnies rest between gigs and a place for people who don't fit in anywhere else. Jack goes to work as a “brodie” (a gopher) in the hopes of getting a lead, while trying to avoid the brutal Arno Becker, who's after the same fortune. Best known for his Florida-based Bear Raines series (Pepperfish Keys , etc.), Wimberley invests both Jack and the carnie freaks with distinct personalities and common dignity. This vividly captured subculture has its own grotesque charm and beauty. (Sept. )

Reviewed on: 07/14/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 267 pages - 978-1-61218-120-2
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