by Brian Wiprud
Category: Fiction / General
219 pages; ISBN: 0595227279
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Paul Lappen
Garth Carson is a taxidermy restorer and collector. One day, in an out-of-the-way antique shop, he sees a very famous stuffed squirrel. Pipsqueak the Nutty Nut was a character from the General Buster Show, an afternoon children's TV show from the era before cable and afternoon TV talk shows. Garth nearly gets caught in a robbery at the antique shop, at which a biker ends up dead and Pipsqueak ends up missing.
Garth and his live-in girlfriend, Angie, a jewelry designer, suddenly find themselves in a rapidly growing conspiracy, all centered on Pipsqueak. It involves a stuffed loon, tuning forks, Soviet-era secrets, thugs wearing plaid cummerbunds and Garth's older brother, Nicholas, who Garth hasn't seen in 15 years. Along the way, Garth and Angie find themselves inside the retro-swing music revival and discover a mind control conspiracy involving digital TV. Included are some very interesting things hidden inside Pipsqueak and his two colleagues from the General Buster Show, Howlie the Wolf and Possum, his sidekick.
This story rates pretty high on the strange meter. It has something for everyone, and it will certainly keep the reader's interest. Wiprud has done another fine job; this one is well worth reading.