Death By Sarcasm by Dani Amore

Inde Reader.com review:

Verdict: The book’s narrative never goes into cruise control, barreling ahead through explosions, gunfire, knifings, and one attempted gang rape by four old men wearing Nixon masks. If that weren’t enough, the author keeps things rolling with prose that flies off the page and slaps you in the mouth, blazing one-liners and decimating descriptive takedowns.

L.A. private investigator Mary Cooper has a family emergency.  Her Uncle Brent, a stand-up comic, has been found in an alley, shot twice and stabbed to death.  Cooper jumps on the case, defying the warning of Detective Sgt. Arianna Davies (aka The Shark) to stay out of the way. The tension between the two women is exacerbated by the fact that both lust after Detective Jacob Cornell, who works under Davies and is also on this case.

Cooper’s investigation leads her from seedy comedy clubs and dive bars to opulent homes and flophouses so decrepit that even the homeless avoid them.  True to her family heritage, Mary is a Cooper through and through, meaning sarcastic put- downs machine gun from her mouth, taking down pretty much everyone in her path.  They include her Aunt Alice and thirty or so other supporting characters—most of whom were so colorfully drawn I  could imagine them right in my living room.  They include washed-out comics, a talent scout, a heckler, a successful talk show host, a handsome stranger who moves in next to Cooper, and a mysterious woman who was assumed dead.

The book’s narrative never goes into cruise control, barreling ahead through explosions, gunfire, knifings, and one attempted gang rape by four old men wearing Nixon masks. If that weren’t enough, the author keeps things rolling with prose that flies off the page and slaps you in the mouth, blazing one-liners and decimating descriptive takedowns. You will wrack your brains guessing the killer and you will most likely be wrong. But you will finish it smiling.

Reviewed by Joe DelPriore