Dennis, the new piano player in Bughouse, is by all accounts a very funky musician and a genial chap. But before long, the real Dennis reveals himself as a gambling, lying, cheating, two-timing, drunken thief and all around Scalawag! Only when he encounters his doppelganger “Dennnis”?, does Dennis reach his epiphany: That the real force at the center of his life is love. Following the premise of Lafler’s earlier title Bughouse, the action is set in an indigo toned, “insect noir”? Manhattan of the 50s where all the characters are bug-headed hipster bop musicians.
“No amount of Raid can kill these bugs dead. Open the screen door of your mind and let ’em in. They’re better company than many humans in fiction; better than some in real life, as well.” — Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)
144 page black and white paperback with color covers
Top Shelf, 2005