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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Rootin' Tootin' Good Novel

Title: Houdini Pie
Publisher: Bennett & Hastings Publishing
Author: Paul Michel
ISBN #: 978-1-934733-55-4
Paper
Price: $15.95 U.S.; also available in e-formats
Number of pages: 212
Genre: Literary Fiction

Reviewed by Lewis Buzbee for Amazon

Michel's Houdini Pie is a rip-roaring, rootin' tootin' good book. It's a tale of baseball, Indian treasure, bootlegging, psychics, and romance, all set in southern California during the Depression. And as such, it's a supremely American book, about the hunt for fortune and the follies that travel the same route. The real joy and achievement of this novel is Michel's narrative voice, a perfect and enlightening use of 30's slang and patois, a condensation of all those movies we've all watched.

This is a funny, funny book--exhilarating and smart and sophisticated. Michel is a born storyteller, and lord knows, we need more writers like that. A guaranteed pleasure.

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