Danger in the Rain: A Ted Danger Mystery by Douglas Boatman
Buckle up for madness and bad manners with this mind-bending dark-humor mystery that subverts expectations and goes too far.
And it’s on sale for just 99 cents from 6 a.m. Wednesday 9/28/22 through Tuesday 10/4.
A drowsy PI on a simple case in Miami is gobsmacked by genetic weirdness, time twists, bliss rays, and over-hypnotism. How can he save his client’s so-young-but-so-savage daughter from brazen predators when he can’t trust his own senses? Sometimes life’s funny that way.
“Wry, slick, and darkly enjoyable. Surreal and magical. A must-read!” –K.C. Finn, Readers’ Favorite
“Full of mischief. Head-spinning. Gives you that warm fuzzy feeling!” –Viga Boland, Readers’ Favorite
Nicki Vavul brought the rain, but Ted Danger didn’t care. She was the perfect client. Chic as hell, loaded with cash, and desperate for a private eye. Not to mention a little bit crazy. Find the perv in the snapshot, she says. This goon, right here, preening on the beach with her pre-teen daughter. Both of them grinning like lunatics. And naked as slugs.
The red-eye to Pompano thrusts Ted into a weird sub-tropical odyssey of conspiracy and lost innocence, testing his will and warping his mind, as he battles foes both sinister and ridiculous. Before his journey ends, he will uncover mysteries of time and nature, secrets from decades past, and a shocking truth about himself that will change his life forever.
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When he was a kid, Douglas Boatman’s parents would sometimes bundle up the family over winter break, hop into the station wagon, and drive straight through from the cold murk of Ohio to sunny Pompano Beach. Their modest motel, with the honest-to-god ocean just a half block away, was a tropical paradise to a small-town boy from the Midwest. Magical times.
Danger in the Rain honors that magic, and adds a detective story with dueling hypnotists, bliss rays, and a badass bonobo named Boyce.
Note to Awesome readers: If you read this book, I’d love to hear your opinion about how the cover matches the tone of the novel. I’m thinking the cover might be too bright and cheerful (like a cozy mystery) and should be darker or weirder to warn readers about the dark humor and bedlam inside. You can find my publisher’s email address on the copyright page (which you can see with “Look Inside” on Amazon, even if you don’t buy the book). Drop me a line about the cover, or about anything else, really. I’d love to hear from you! Douglas
Note 2: Earlier this year I completed a really fun project: getting Danger in the Rain translated into Spanish. The Spanish version is called Malas Aguas. And I think the cover is more in line with the tone of the book. Malas Aguas is also available on Amazon, if you want to check out the cover and let me know what you think. Hasta la vista!