And so, nine "Brett books" appeared, one after the other, on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble -- all nine books featuring a hard-boiled, wise-cracking detective (Brett Cornell) who prides himself on being 100% unscrupulous and the proud possessor of what he affectionately refers to as his "Adonis-like features" -- although he would be hard put to tell you exactly what an Adonis is! . . .Just as he often rambles on and on about the Himalayas, but has no idea what or where they are. . .And just as the thought of drinking orange juice without any pulp in it is enough to drive a major wedge up his gazebo (as he calls it).
In the meantime, he manages to get involved in some pretty hairy and often outlandish predicaments, and is called upon to solve a murder here and there, usually in an effort to exonerate HIMSELF, as he seems to have a predisposition for sticking his nose (and other "accoutrements") in all the wrong places!
To be sure, he's no Shirley Holmes (as he claims), and in "Brett Gets Hammered" he even relies on the precocious resources of a five-year-old child in order to solve the crime.
On the other hand -- as one 5-star reviewer asserts in reviewing "Brett Always Wins" -- "I hate to love Brett!"
The nine books in the series can each be read as a stand-alone novel; however, reading them in order would allow dedicated readers to follow the so-called intricacies of his on-again/off-again relationship with Miss Ginger Crenshaw who inexplicably has fallen in love with The Unscrupulous One himself!
To sum up the series, according to a 5-star reviewer of "Brett Gets Hammered" --
The 9 Brett books, in order, are as follows:
#1 - Poolside with Brett
#2 - Brett Aerobicizes
#3 - Brett Always Wins
#4 - Wedding Bells for Brett
#5 - Brett Enters the Square Circle
#6 - Brett Gets Hammered
#7 - It's All Brett's Fault
#8 - Beach Bum Brett
#9 - Don't Mess with Brett
#10 - ? ? ?
You can visit Brett here: http://brettcornell.blogspot.com
All nine "Brett books" can be found on Amazon, here:
In an almost complete about-face, David's "alter-ego" (known as David Dennis) has contributed to the literary fiction genre with his "magnum opus" -- "Why She Left Us" -- in which he experiments with the timeline so as to contrast the events of the summer of 1985 with their aftermath and the impact those events had on the lives of various characters in the novel.
He also adopts the technique of telling the story, using 5 different narrators, 4 of whom are female, in an attempt to allow the reader to view the events of the story from five different perspectives.
On the other hand, a few key characters are not given narratives of their own, but as one reviewer put it:
"There is one more main character, Wayne, who deals with grief and loss through silence, and so his voice is missing - which in itself makes a loud statement."
You can visit this facebook page if you want to learn more about "Why She Left Us": http://www.facebook.com/WhySheLeftUs
Here's its link on Amazon: