Turnpike Flameout

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When a private jet crashes in the New Jersey Pine Barrens on the Fourth of July, the search begins for faded rock and roller, Turnpike Bobby Chin. The singer suspiciously survives and turns up wandering in the haunted woods. Soon after, a celebrity sculptor vanishes after unveiling his unflattering statue of the star. The cops say it's homicide, and make plans to bust Turnpike Bobby.

When the media circus begins, gangland-bred pollster Jonah Eastman is hired to devise a "P.A.S." (Plausible Alternative Scenario) for the sculptor's death. A beautiful au pair vanishes from Atlantic City, and it's all the media want to talk about – not Bobby. Which angers Bobby because he hasn't gotten this much attention since the Reagan Administration. As he works to vindicate the rocker, Jonah enters the inner-sanctum of the celebrity icon, a world so seductive and lethal that Jonah waxes nostalgic for his days working for the Mafia.

TURNPIKE FLAMEOUT is a black comic ride through the underbelly of mega-stardom and the spins employed by handlers to ensure that crime pays. Quite well, actually.

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About the author

Eric Dezenhall is the president of Dezenhall Resources, one of the nation's leading crisis management firms. He is the author three other novels, and the nonfiction study Nail ‘Em! Confronting High-Profile Attacks on Celebrities and Businesses. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

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Minotaur Books
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Published on
Dec 27, 2005
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781466821279
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Language
English
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Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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