The Adventures of Slim and Howdy

Kix Brooks, Author, Ronnie Dunn, Author, Bill Fitzhugh, With with Bill Fitzhugh. Hachette/Center Street $22.99 (257p) ISBN 978-1-931722-82-7

Country music superstars Brooks & Dunn have enjoyed massive success (30 million albums sold, dozens of awards), but surely a novel about their alter egos couldn’t possibly excite anybody outside of die-hard fans, could it? Actually, the duo, along with novelist Fitzhugh, bash out a comic caper that has enough plot twists and nutty one-liners to hook even twang-haters. The book follows lanky, laconic Slim and romantic, goofy Howdy as the two troubadours ramble around the Texas honky-tonk circuit. There’s the time Slim, armed with a pair of hedge clippers, reclaims his stolen guitar from Brushfire Boone; or the hot double date that ends with a pantsless Howdy dodging bullets. The boys land a steady gig at a roadhouse in Del Rio until its owner is kidnapped and ransomed. With no shortage of suspects, the boys follow the trail into the Mexican desert, where a zany cast of bad guys gathers for the boffo final shootout. It’s like a particularly good episode of The Dukes of Hazzard : corny as hell, but heaps of fun. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/24/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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