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by Alan Orloff

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7387-2318-1
Publisher: Midnight Ink/Llewellyn

An out-of-service comedian turns investigator in a political race to the death.

Running the Last Laff comedy club with his senior partner Artie is supposed to keep Channing Hayes out of trouble, especially because the comedian hasn’t been ready for the stage since the car accident that claimed the life of his fiancé Lauren. Unfortunately, Channing seems to be a magnet for disaster, and trouble finds him when he’s not looking—this time in the form of masked men with bats breaking up Edward Wong’s political rally. Not an avid follower of local politics, Channing is at the rally only as a favor to Thomas Lee, Edward’s uncle and the owner of Channing’s favorite Chinese restaurant. So Channing feels he can’t say no when Lee asks him to look into the attack. The obvious place to start is with Sanford Korbell, Wong’s opponent and the quintessential politician, whose slick headquarters could be hiding anything. Channing also has his suspicions about the Wong family dynasty, each member of which has a different agenda. While Channing is busily investigating, he’s also trying to get his life in order. With each comedy show that passes, he hopes he can get his chance to play the role of funnyman once again.

Less witty than Orloff's debut (Killer Routine, 2011), this second installment focuses on minor characters who aren’t as intriguing as the mainstays.