It's amazing to find that so few people have heard of Douglas Lee Gibboney and this book, MURDER AT CLEAVER STADIUM. He and this book rank up there with the best of the contemporary suspense authors, yet he's a dark humorist as well.
To describe it as just a murder mystery does not do it justice, as this novel is also very funny in places where one would least expect it. It's one of those books that was obviously fun to write from the author's perspective - a book that's not only entertaining and witty, but one with many subtle twists and surprises.
This book is written in the first person, and on the first page the protagonist, James Peters, makes a confession. No, it's not what you would think - it's that he has never been a football fan. After some descriptions on the same page about football and a Ben State coach that will leave you laughing, this book takes off. The character descriptions are lively, real and often humorous. It will not only keep you guessing, but also just when you think you may have figured everything out, a new twist will throw you off track, and often laughing at the same time.
This is not a book that you want to pick up and open as a casual read, as after the first chapter it's difficult to put it down. Each chapter beings either a new twist of a hilarious description of a person or event that will leave you in stitches. To say that there are some surprises here is an understatement.
To add to all of this, James Peters has occasion to play the piano in the course of the plot, and of course the lyrics to the songs he plays are printed. What makes all of this even more interesting is that the author has just released a music CD entitled "Guitars, Girls & Motels." Rumor has it that some of the songs from the book are on this CD. If the music is anything like this book, then it's worth looking into.
If you have a significant other, don't try to read this book in bed. Your partner will not appreciate your waking them up repeatedly with your laughter, and you won't want to put it down. Read it because it's a good suspense novel; read it for the humor; read it because you want to find something that's refreshingly different. You won't be disappointed.
MURDER AT CLEAVER STADIUM is truly a winner, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.