The two Christopher Meeks books that I have read to date are Love at Absolute Zero, which remains a personal favorite (in my top five of 2011), and his recent Blood Drama. The novels are dissimilar yet share appealing qualities of quirkiness, light hearted humor and a stellar cast of singular characters with wildly imaginative names. LAAZ is a quest for romance using the charming physicist Gunnar’s own scientific method while Blood Drama is a diverting offbeat crime novel exploring chance and randomness. In some strange fashion, it reminds me of Bobby McFerrin’s irritating yet infectious ditty, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” in a much more positive way and recalls Dante Hick’s oft repeated phrase in Clerks “I’m not even supposed to be here today!”
Blood Drama protagonist Ian Nash’s life is in free fall with no sign of relief. Already shaken by a broken relationship, the book and his day begin with a brief meeting with his UC-Irvine dissertation committee chair, Professor Cromley. Several years and two hundred pages into his doctoral thesis on the enigmatic playwright David Mamet, Ian is brusquely informed he’s “taking the wrong approach on Mamet” and “doesn’t fit the program.” A heated disagreement with one of the female undergraduates may have been a contributing factor for his ousting. Tuition paid will not be refunded; teaching fellowship and stipend are immediately terminated. So sorry, not everyone is destined to earn a Ph.D. It has not yet occurred to Ian that he may also face deportation back to Winnipeg upon the termination date of his student visa.
Stunned and faced with the fact that the inexorable rent will soon be due, a befogged Ian drives to fill out a job application at a local coffee shop located in the lobby of a large Pasadena bank that may be hiring. Again, his timing is impeccable as a four member gang, led by a woman soon nicknamed by the media as “the Busty Bandit,” burst into the bank, kill two bystanders and take Ian hostage. The plot thickens as FBI Special Agent Aleece Medina is introduced to crime solve. Ian’s theatrical training offer his best chance to avoid being killed by the robbers and ending the bloody spree.
Blood Drama is wildly entertaining with fast-paced dialogue and plot twists caroming like a steel ball in a pinball machine. Minnesota native, Pasadena resident Christopher Meeks is a deft wordsmith; a screenwriter, playwright, reviewer and creative writing college instructor as well as an award winning fiction writer. He founded White Whisker Books in 2005 initially to publish a collection of his own short stories, The Middle-aged Man and the Sea. This small, independent publishing company uses seasoned professional editors, proofreaders, and book designers to produce top quality books from several accomplished authors. To paraphrase Bert Lahr in his guise as potato chip pitchman, “betcha can’t read just one” of his books without joining his fan club!
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