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Freeze dry
Hirschfeld, Corson.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, [2003]

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447 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Praise for Corson Hirschfeld and his bestsellingToo High "Hirschfeld fills his crime novel with offbeat characters, fast-paced action and frothy dialogue. Rightly compared to Dutch Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, Hirschfeld takes irreverent swipes at some of the region's quirks and stereotypes while keeping his foot pressed down on the story's gas pedal. . . . Pushing the confines of the category, Hirschfeld creates a heady brew of action and fun." -City Beat "Those who love the work of Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard are in for a real treat; Hirschfeld is in fine form with calculating craziness and zany antics galore." -The Lansing State Journal "Sheriff Coony McCoy and his deputy Bo add more confusion, and there will be umpteen confrontations with bible-thumpers, rattlesnakes, AK-47s (and bigger bore weapons) before EZ Zees Motel goes up in flames, Chez Pancakes becomes flat as a you-know-what, the reader's sides stop splitting, and Carl Hiaasen gets over his jealous pique." -Kirkus Review(starred review) "Leonard and Hiaasen are his literary ancestors." - The Sacramento Enterprise "The story line is a wild ride in the countryside as the likable and intelligent Digger bounces from one misadventure to another in comic, often slapstick style. The cast provides perspective, often in a fringe viewpoint which in turn makes Corson Hirschfeld's novel a fun-to-read experience and sends the audience seeking the author's first novel." -The Midwest Book Review

Author Notes

Once active in zoology, Corson Hirschfeld has been a professional photographer for many years, working on assignment for corporations and magazines. His photographs of the world's sacred sites (which can be seen on his website) have shown at the Smithsonian Institution and other museums. As a writer, Corson has been drawn to whacky Americana and such less-than-sacred places as Waikiki, Las Vegas, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Freeze Dry is Corson's third novel, following Aloha, Mr. Lucky , and Too High (all from Forge). Corson Hirschfeld lives in Cincinnati, with occasional forays into terra incognita.

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Booklist Review

Shickie Doone likes to think he's one of the world's finest con artists, and maybe he is, but recent events don't exactly support that billing. His current scam, in which he poses as the leader of a (bogus) religious group, falls apart. Shickie borrows some money from a mobster, Thadeus Trout, and promptly vanishes with it. Trout sends some large men to bring him back, and Shickie winds up naked in a deep freeze. And that's only the beginning of his misadventures. Hirschfeld's third novel is reminiscent of early Donald E. Westlake: its characters are quirky, the plot is broadly farcical, the humor combines slapstick and wacky dialogue. Recommend this one, strenuously, to Hirschfeld fans, Westlake fans, and anyone who likes off-the-wall comedy mixed with a caper plot. --David Pitt Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Damon Runyon gets taken for a ride in Hirshfield's offbeat if somewhat labored crime novel featuring a bizarre plot line and the most startlingly yclept cast of characters (e.g., Boogers Tarbell, Creely Patch, Plato Scopes) since Guys and Dolls-or Catch-22. Shickie Doone is one of the most talented con men in the world. But when his latest scam-leading a bogus religious cult known as the Brothers of Light-fails to furnish the long green, he turns to local mobster Thadeus Trout for a loan, then takes off, leaving his wife, Rita Rae Deaver, as well as Trout, high and dry. Trout dispatches his bumbling son, Junior, to collar Shickie and retrieve the loot, but one of his henchmen puts the con man in a meat locker overnight. The result: a freeze-dried Shickie Doone is turned into a mummy. The henchman attempts to dispose of the unwanted corpse, but the body is discovered, resulting in several improbable people attempting to claim Shickie for themselves, including Jimmy Feather (a Native American convinced the mummy is his ancestor), the Brothers of Light and a senior hit man known affectionately as the Hammer. Despite Hirschfeld's strenuous attempts to juggle unlikely plot complications and Runyonesque characters, the novel bogs down in a series of events that really don't add up to much. Still, give Hirschfeld (Too High) credit for trying, and let's hope that his next outing is more successful. Agent, Eleanor Wood. (Oct. 15) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved