Stand-up comic Dave Feener has a great rapport with his audience, so when his body is found maliciously stabbed a short distance away from The Laff Attak where he’s just performed, there seems to be no real motive for the brutal murder. A serial killer who does not think local comics are funny has just begun his rampage.
Constables Mike Borneo and Lissa Cassway along with detective Vince Vetters are racing to find the killer before he claims another victim. Was Feener just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Left with his wedding ring and his wallet, Feener’s body isn’t even cold when the killer strikes again-this time stabbing Phil Vetters, a comic known for his redneck shtick and the brother of detective Vince Vetters. Just as Vince vows revenge, the killer makes a fateful mistake when he stabs another comic and does not ensure his victim is dead before he leaves the crime scene.
The killer is a sicko, but not an idiot. He’s right under everyone’s noses and the anticipation of a righteous kill is all just part of the fun. Only time will tell if the killer will have the last laugh.
Review from Barnes&Noble by Timothy Louis Baker
Dead Comic Standing is something that begins slowly enough for you to get your balance in it. Then it picks up momentum and for the first about half of it there Karen has everything that every time by about the time you want something to happen then there it appears.
Whether it is what you wanted or not it is always down in print for the scene she portrays for you. Karen continues to ‘see the fire, feed the flames’ throughout her performance as a writer in Dead Comic Standing.
However for the second about half of her book she throws curves in there and twist after twist appear but Karen is not only giving you what you want, she is writing that you certainly do not expect nor have had any means of detecting or suspecting.
Karen shows great humorous sarcasm told with avid wit through the book and does so charmingly so you don’t forget that somebody is telling you the story and not just something that would happen somewhere around you that you would see and maybe be part of.
It is as though there is enough realty based told in the story that you know before you have completed all of the lines of the book that it is one of those ‘good fiction’ works that I consider that it could have taken place, “somewhere out there” in some parallel universe in real life.
The several twists Karen provides at the end of her work lead to the fact that it all looks like one big twist that has gone on for the previous part of the book and actually technically speaking they are.
The murders, the weapons, the characters responsible for representing all of this all match up but not until the end is all revealed. Those facts are not revealed earlier in Dead Comic Standing so that the suspenseful end is not given away and nowhere is there any clue to the very end until you get there. That is all hidden until you have progressed that far in the reading and with me, that’s the way it should be.
Frankly Dead Comic Standing is like a fireworks display with the procession that builds and builds, shows small finales before the greatest grand finale and ends with a lot of loud bangs one after the other each as grand as the finale in and of its own self. What wonderful writing Karen. Good luck.
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