Deadly Campaign by Alan Orloff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Just can't get enough politics in the news these days? If so, you're in luck, because this mystery begins at a speech by an up-and-coming congressman. While the crowd is applauding the candidate masked thugs break into the room and begin roughing people up. Fortunately no one gets seriously hurt, but plenty of folks are rattled, and the budding politician's uncle asks his friend Channing Hayes to find out why they were attacked.
Of course, Channing isn't technically a private investigator. His day job, or make that night job, is as the part-owner of a stand-up comedy club. A comic himself, he's more into making people laugh than grilling them for information. But he'd like to help his friend, so he agrees to do what he can. From invading the enemy's campaign headquarters, to consorting with bookies and sneaking a look at incriminating photos, Channing's got his work cut out for him.
True to his word, he'll keep at it until he finds the truth. But the deeper he digs, the less he likes what he finds. Politics, it seems, is a dirty business.
Because there are several comedians in the character line-up you can look forward to a few tasteless jokes, and the kind of language you'd hear in a late night comedy routine. But hey, whatever makes 'em laugh.
If you like the idea of a comedian P.I., check out the first book in the series, Killer Routine.
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