Good The Gumshoe the Witch and the Virtual Corpse By Keith Hartman is a Books Keith Hartman grew up in Huntsville Alabama where he was a weird little boy who didn t fit in He
Good The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse By Keith Hartman is a Books Keith Hartman grew up in Huntsville Alabama, where he was a weird little boy who didn t fit in He went to Princeton University, where he was supposed to study economics and instead blew all his time on theater courses He then started a PhD in Finance at Duke, before realizing that he just couldn t spend the rest of his life teaching MBA s how to screw each other So he ran away to be a writer.His parents were thrilled.He sold his first short story to a tiny magazine that went out of business, and his first book to Rutgers University, which did not.He moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to direct low budget movies It turns out that everyone in Hollywood is stark raving mad.And Keith fits right in.. Welcome to 21st century Atlanta During your stay, depending on your tastes, you can cruise gay midtown I hear that the Inquisition Health Club has introduced manacles and chains to the aerobics class or check out the Reverend Senator Stonewall s headquarters at Freedom Plaza watch out for the Christian Militia guarding it, though or attend a sky clad Wiccan sabbat byWelcome to 21st century Atlanta During your stay, depending on your tastes, you can cruise gay midtown I hear that the Inquisition Health Club has introduced manacles and chains to the aerobics class or check out the Reverend Senator Stonewall s headquarters at Freedom Plaza watch out for the Christian Militia guarding it, though or attend a sky clad Wiccan sabbat by invitation only Avoid the courthouse, where the Cherokee have turned out in full war paint to renegotiate a nineteenth century land deal Also stay away from all cemeteries, at least until the police find out why someone is disinterring and crucifying corpses As you can tell, this is a lively novel, full of intricate plotting and engaging off beat characters Among the latter are a gay detective, a Wiccan family, an ambitious televangelist with an eye on the White House, an artist whose medium is flesh and blood, a Cherokee drag queen and then there s poor Benji, who would just like to make it to his fifteenth birthday, assuming the MIBS don t get him first or his Baptist parents don t ground him for life because his new girlfriend is a witch Picked as one of the eight best mysteries of 1999 by The Drood Review of Mysteries Winner of Two Spectrum Awards Best Novel and People s Choice Nominated for Two Lambda Awards Best Science Fiction Fantasy Book and Best Men s Mystery.. A viral Book The Gumshoe, the Witch, and the Virtual Corpse The one where America is so culturally divided that there are Wiccan schools as well as Baptist ones. Drew Parker is a gay private detective, and his partner, Jen, a witch, is missing, and someone digs up a corpse and does something very strange with it. The future world is drawn in such broad, exaggerated strokes; it might work as an article-length parody, but at novel length, I don't believe it, and as a result, I don't believe most of the characters, either. It doesn't help that the book is made up of first-person narratives from a dozen characters, and the voices just aren't different enough to help me keep track of who's talking.The powerful, amoral white Christianist male is certainly a fine reflection of something that scares people (me included), but as a villain, he's just as trite as torturing Nazis would be. The writing is fine, but the editing is dreadful. There are typos, punctuation errors, and even misspellings. The tense changes at random. (This may be intentional, but if I'd been his beta, I'd have made him change it.)In the author's world, sexual orientation is so binary that it can be tested for prenatally; obviously I have a problem with that, and also with the fact that apparently only men are gay (at least by page 130). In summary: some interesting stuff here, but not enough to make me keep reading.