Books by David Debin

Released: April 1, 1995

Up Yours reporter Albie Marx, the hippie who never grew up (Nice Guys Finish Dead, 1992; The Big O, 1994), is just chasing a story about Beverly Hills guru Ozzie Baba (``It's Not My Job To Make You Happy'') at a wedding the guru's presiding over—the nuptials of game-show king Bert Holman and his dewy bride Sheila Petersen—when two rapid developments send his day down the tubes. First, he sees a gunman jump out of a tree and blow Holman's head off minutes after his New Age vows; then the killer hands him the murder weapon and tells everybody—eventually including the uncountable TV audience of Real Life—that Albie was in on the killing with him. Caught between the war-dancing LAPD, the firestorm of public opinion, and a series of vivid threats from longtime Holman rival Mitchell Gluck, who's convinced Albie's trying to stop his takeover of a Holman target, Albie's left without a friend—unless you count Real Life host Samantha Shelton, who alternately takes him to bed and grills him on her show until both the show and Albie are hot enough to glow in the dark. Debin follows the stylish and outrageous The Big O with a bumptious tale that runs in a more predictable, preachy, anti- violent-entertainment groove. Doesn't the guy realize that in writing this book he's sleeping with the enemy. Read full book review >
THE BIG O by David Debin
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

Counterculture columnist Albie Marx must have been popping downers since Nice Guys Finish Dead (1992): he's positively sedate in this second caper. But everybody else is crazier than ever. Cindy Greene, Albie's informant against scamming L.A. banker Franklin Dart, is hysterically convinced that Dart's called in his goon Sonny Fabiano to kill her; Sonny's girlfriend Nicole Keyser, lately seen leaning on Dart, wants Albie to autograph her 20-year-old copy of his bestselling Roger Wellington Rat; Bridgett Horcheck, ex-daughter-in-law of Dart's Beverly Hills lawyer Sy Horcheck, is blowing hotter than hot and colder than cold on Albie, presumably ambivalent about whether she wants him to give her the big O; and that other big O, Dodgers' pitching sensation Oscar Hamilton, credits his no-hitter over the Giants to his abduction by aliens. Since it's Albie at the eye of the storm, you can be sure that the byzantine scam that connects all these zanies will implicate every authority figure from Sheik Anwar to Gregory Huston, the Republican candidate for the state house. Debin focuses the manic energy of his slapdash debut without losing any of Albie's raffish charm. You'll feel guilty next time you reach for your necktie or your pearls. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1992

Who shot gentle environmental activist Linda Selby full of heroine and strung her body from her bedroom ceiling? Hard-headed LAPD Lt. Danno thinks it was her most recent lover, fossilized 60's radical Albie Marx—so Albie joins forces with Linda's long-unacknowledged daughter Mariah to find out the truth. A sheaf of stolen papers in a Hollywood postbox leads the two to your basic government conspiracy to invade the Caribbean island of Libertad and harvest their crop of salvia plants to synthesize into NICE, a heavy narcotic that makes its users think, hey, everything's okay, no problem. Can jogging, tequila- chugging Albie and his buddies (his editor Shrike at Up Yours, innocuous NICE inventor Felix St. John, and an unlikely bevy of lovelies) make the crucial connections in visionary retired singer Ahmet Ludi's Libertad paradise to name Linda's killer in time to head off pursuing Danno, the CIA, and the President's chief of staff? Hey, no problem. If you've been waiting 30 years for a gonzo detective story, here it is—a first novel with a series waiting in the wings. Read full book review >