Washed up pitching prospect, Rock Cobbler, now a hotshot detective with the Santa Lacrimosa PD likes working alone as much as he likes bourbon. That is to say, a lot. One rainy night at Santa Lacrimosa Clown College he finds himself looking out a dorm room window. Down below lay the hilariously twisted body of Mr. Rubadubdub, apparently tossed from that very same window. The investigation into the defenestration of the promising young clown will lead Rock through dive bars, contemporary Christian clowning performances, and down into the seedy underbelly of clown lore. He will discover what no non-clown should know; like the existence of dangerous, rival clown factions that will stop at nothing in search of clown dominance and the possession of one particular venerated clown relic. To crack the case, he will have to match wits, and game, with the alluring Professor Wiggles. Will Rock take a pie to the face? Or will he solve the case before more clowns die?
Murder in Greasepaint is equal parts Chandler, Christopher Moore, Bozo, and Bourbon.
About the Author
Whiskey Leavins has lived a nomadic life. For him, the simple question, “Where are you from?” demands a longer answer than most people expect. He has misspent his youth in multiple cities and states both north and south of the Rio Bravo. But now he loves life in Santa Cruz, California, having taken up residence there seven or eight years ago. Despite possible objections from native lifers, he now considers himself a proud Santa Cruzian and wears Santa Cruz t-shirts darn near every day and anticipates living in the Cruz until he is no more. He relishes walks by the ocean and pretentiously reading at downtown coffee shops. But mostly, like the devil Lucifestus, the star of his first book, The Devil’s Own Piss and Other Stories, he enjoys a good dive bar, a good drink, preferably whiskey, and is an inveterate gambler.