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by David Handler

Pub Date: Oct. 11th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-64835-0
Publisher: Minotaur

A suspended NFL superstar and his entourage move to Connecticut. Mayhem ensues.

Middle linebacker Tyrone “Da Beast” Grantham, father of six children by five women, could use both a course in anger management and an adding machine. He’s settled his pregnant wife Jamella; her pretty teenage sister and singing sensation Kinitra; her father Calvin, a career criminal; his brother and financial advisor Rondell; his mother, a reformed prostitute; and assorted hangers-on in a 28-room beachfront mansion on Connecticut’s tony Gold Coast. Winston Lash, a neighbor who’s lost his sexual inhibitions to dementia, keeps sneaking onto Da Beast’s property to ogle bimbos partying. Another neighbor, über-salesman Justy Bond, regularly calls the cops to complain about the noise and debauchery. State Trooper Desiree Mitry, arriving to cool things down, meets paparazzi in the driveway filming Stewart Plotka’s rant about suing Da Beast for accosting his girlfriend in a restaurant encounter. The next day Des’ lover Mitch and his parents rescue Kinitra from drowning. When Des questions her, however, she refuses to discuss her near-death and possible rape, leaving everyone to assume Da Beast attacked her. And when Plotka and his attorney are shot dead by a gun taken from Da Beast’s nightstand, he’s also in line for Murder One. Des’ dad Buck, a Deputy Superintendent recovering from heart surgery, steps in to help, but it’s movie critic Mitch who pieces everything together after another murder and an explosive suicide.

Des (black) and Mitch (Jewish) are more appealing than usual (The Shimmering Blond Sister, 2010, etc.) as they deal with her father’s depression and his parents’ relocation.