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Duncan Delaney and the Cadillac of Doom [Kindle Edition]

A. L. Haskett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Bill Fitzhugh, author of Radio Activity, Fender Benders, Pest Control (and others) described Duncan Delaney and the Cadillac of Doom best when he said: As God is my witness, 'Duncan Delaney and the Cadillac of Doom' is the first novel I've ever read where a frozen Cornish hen is used as a weapon. And that's not the craziest part of the story. A.L. Haskett opens a can of worms by asking the age-old question: Where does a sensitive cowboy artist go to escape the clutches of his mother's wealth so he can pursue his art in peace? Well, not Los Angeles, but Duncan Delaney doesn't know this. Haunted by his father's unfortunate death, Duncan is spurred to action by love and a lunatic Indian pal. Like so many who come to La La Land searching for a brighter future, Duncan finds himself on the seedy side of Hollywood trying in vain to dodge the Cadillac of Doom. A finely told cautionary tale for anyone fond of strippers, bikers, and art dealers.

From the Author

What did Bantam say about my book (before they passed)? "I thoroughly enjoyed this manuscript and see a little bit of Tom Robbins in Mr. Haskett's work. You were right to describe this as zany, warm and upbeat - it had me laughing out loud in a number of places. Unfortunately, I'm afraid it strikes me as not quite commercial enough to do well here at Bantam. I simply don't see it as a huge blow-out book." The lowest common denominator strikes again. Help me prove them wrong! Be brave, try something new. You might just like it.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Publisher: JonLin Books (Aug. 1 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003A03RWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing April 8 2004
Format:Paperback
This was an entertaining read with fun characters. The dialogue is lively. The book has moments of humor. I would have given it 5 stars, but there were vague moments. Still, it is a good book, and I recommend it to anyone looking for Robbins-like characters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Banjamin alone is with the ride Feb. 6 2007
Format:Paperback
"Quick, easy and fun" ... yup, that's how I found A.L. Haskett's debut novel, Duncan Delaney & the Cadillac of Doom.

I'm not sure why Bantam compares Haskett to Tom Robbins per se. Actually, I would compare him to Hemmingway or Chandler just as much as I would compare him to Robbins, which isn't saying there's an obvious comparison at all, really. His characters are unconventional, sure, but his writing style is simple, streamlined and almost journalistic. This, all in all, makes the book easy to zip through.

The only issue I had was with Duncan Delaney; I didn't find him a great protangonist. I didn't find his dialogue all that real, which made it difficult to keep my interest. But Benjamin Lonetree, on the other hand, is great fun and redeems Haskett's ability to characterize. His dialogue is fresh, his actions are bold, and he just outshines all the characters in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nifty swift read Feb. 8 2004
Format:Paperback
I too can't understand the comparisons to Tom Robbins. This book has unconventional characters and some freaky plot points, but it is basically a tightly crafted tale in a traditional narrative style. Benjamin Lonetree is the best Native American character in any book I've read since One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I would forget about who Haskett reminds you of and just enjoy the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great vacation read! Jan. 11 2004
Format:Paperback
I do a lot of reading but I really gauge my books on how much I would prefer to sit and read them vs. doing something else (e.g., watch television, go to the movies, see friends). This is one of those books that call on you to read them when ever time allows. It's a hard book to put down and I was really engaged by the storytelling and the variety of characters. Take this book to the beach and relax and get caught up in the world of Duncan Delaney.
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