In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people, accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder.
Whether it’s ancient Chinese poets come to visit our contemporary world, mythical Greek or Norse gods kvetching about the drawbacks of immortality, or just you and me and Dorice Appleonia Lilacia in our private sandboxes, Ken Pobo has a way of capturing the moment, holding it up for our astonished contemplation.... This is savvy, surprising, spot-on, and crucial writing.
Morgan Iverson’s reclusive survivalist neighbor is blown to bits. The police believe he stumbled into his own booby trap, but his granddaughter asks Morgan and newspaperman Kurt Willard to prove it was murder. After the explosions, mysterious white creatures make elusive appearances near the rock shop, drawing a summertime invasion of true believers hoping to prove the existence of aliens.
IN HER WEDDING DRESS
Surowiecki, ...stuns us in poem after poem with an exhilarating play of language, resonant pathos, and clandestine wit. In one poem, he elegizes the deaths of seven canaries, lamenting that “no one’s watching over/little things.” But clearly Surowiecki is. These poems fly from the heart and into the foundry of our consciousness where, unlike his canaries, they not only survive, but thrive—beautifully so.
—George Drew, Author of The View from Jackass Hill, Winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize,