Eddie Lubomir is heading into a quiet week off from work, but the city of Tragoston’s Stay at Home Warden Project (S.T.H.W.P.) unexpectedly places a convict in his care…in a prison cell…in his living room! Eddie and his new inmate roommate, Randall, get off to a rocky start but manage to find a way to co-exist and even enjoy each other’s company. But when Randall takes advantage of a thin disguise and Eddie’s date night with the unflappable Liz to escape his living room prison cell, Eddie must create a wild web of lies that spirals out of control to protect Randall and himself in a city where no one is quite who they seem to be. The rest of Eddie’s week becomes an avalanche of theft, robberies, secret organizations, and murder. Romp your way through this absurd crime comedy showcasing wacky government bureaucracy, intermittent show tunes, pissed off bees, bear costume enthusiasts and you, too, will know some of Tragoston’s secrets.
“The forces surrounding Eddie have a stoner joke quality to them that keeps the comic from tipping into the noir territory that Dean’s shadowy and claustrophobic art implies. Though the leap from oddball nightmare into straight magic takes proceedings in an unexpected direction, for the most part Dean delivers a winningly comedic scenario. The result runs like Kafka as interpreted by the Three Stooges.” — Publishers Weekly
196 page black and white paperback
Birdcage Bottom Books, 2020