Pine Cove, California, hometown of the depressed, crack pots, sex crazed and just plain crazy folk. Yup, you'll find 'em all here. Of the 5,000, the only one who really knows what is going on is Dr Val, the local psychiatrist. The town constable is usually marijuanaed up. The local bar owner, Mavis is counting on the blues and depression and boy, oh, and boy is she happy! This all sounds a little like "Desperate Housewives".
It all started when Bess Leander was found hanging from one of her chair hooks, but this wasn't a funny thing- she was dead. She lived in a home that was so free of dust that she drove her family crazy with her obsessive compulsive disease. But it shook Dr Val to the core, 15% of all depressed people commit suicide, and she figured she couldn't go there. She convinced the local pharmacist, who has a strange sexual fixation for sea mammals, to give everyone on anti-depressants a sugar pill. Then the fun began.
The nuclear power plant in town has had a nuclear leak so that the monster in the bay, or Steve, the prehistoric lizard is awakened and oh, my gosh, what a lively monster he is. The other members of the town who are enmeshed in this lively story are trying to sort things out. Molly, the former B-Movie star who augments her parts- first out of vanity, then out of need, the pot head town constable, Theo Crowe, who bumbles so much he causes great concern to the crooked sheriff Burton. There is a bereaved local artist and a biologist tracking anomalous behavior in rats. And, into this mix comes a black, blues singer who plays the guitar like a vixen. This all sounds like my hometown, and yours?
Christopher Moore has written one of the zaniest novels I have read and so much fun. It certainly brought me out of a funk- can't wait to read the rest of his novels. This is a fun lively book and highly recommended. prisrob