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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: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 186 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #572,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
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A friend of mine sent this book to me for Christmas a year or so ago and it took me awhile to get around to reading it...which I deeply regret now. It is a wonderful read, lightning-quick, filled with joy and laughter as well as angst and heartbreak.
The protagonist, Duncan Delaney, is a young artist who would rather sell Old West scenes painted on black velvet featuring his best friend (and certified hell-raiser) Benjamin Lonetree on the side of the Interstate than run his family's ranch. A meeting with an agent on the way home to LA (Los Angeles, not Louisiana) gives Benjamin a new love interest and Duncan his ticket to both personal salvation and ruin; the art world is ready for a "rustic revolution" and Duncan has the eye to lead it. But is a 21-year old artist who has yet to come to terms with the circumstances under which his father died years ago ready for the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles? And is living across the street from a strip club with access to strippers-with-secrets, bouncers, and lesbian bikers REALLY the best way to acclimatize himself to his new surroundings with his mother and ex-girlfriend hot on his heels attempting his reclaimation?
Absolutely. And it makes for some great reading, too. It won't take more than a weekend to complete; definitely pick this one up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Course It's Not Robbins! Nov. 16 2003
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I get a little ticked off whenever someone gets a favorite author and decides that no one else is worth reading. Like some others, I too bought this book because of the comparisons to Tom Robbins only to find it's really not so much like one of Tom's books. Thank God! I love Robbins, I've read every one of his books, but hey-zeus creesto, just because I like pistachio doesn't mean I can't enjoy a little rocky road every now and then. Robbins always makes me smile and makes me think long after I've put one of his books down, but Duncan Delaney and the Cadillac of Doom made me laugh out loud in more than one place. I will not be forgetting Duncan or his best friend Benjamin Lonetree for a long time, even if neither had me thinking particularly deep thoughts. This book is about feelings, love, jealousy, and maybe a bit of redemption. Don't expect Tom Robbins, cuz you won't get it. But you will get a good, satisfying read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Banjamin alone is with the ride Feb. 6 2007
"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 Quirky Novel Not "for" Lesbians Dec 20 2003
By A Customer
This was an enjoyable quick read, very funny. The characterization was fresh and interesting and the descriptions of L.A.'s wasteland truly amusing.
It was just not at all what I thought I was buying based on it being offered by Amazon as a "lesbian" book. Sure there are lesbians in it, but the categorization of it as "lesbian" at this site has always meant to me written by lesbians, for lesbian readers *and* featuring prominent lesbian protagonists, not just side characters. Saying this is a "lesbian" book would be like saying Basic Instinct is a "lesbian" movie because the female murderer was bisexual.
So I'm not at all sure why Amazon *features* this novel on its list of books recommended to lesbian readers. That aspect of the story is about 20% of the novel; all the other novels on the Amazon list run 80-100% about, by for and concerning lesbians.
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