THE MAN IN THE BLIZZARD by Bart Schneider
Publisher Shaye Areheart Books/Crown, August 2008
In the dog days of
summer, just as the Republican National Convention comes to town, private
investigator Augie Boyer learns how far a fringe political group will go to
force their agenda. A rollicking topical novel for this or any political
Pothead private eye Augie Boyer is out of sorts. He's been smoking too much
Ponchartrain Pootie and scarfing down an excess of fried food. He can't stop
thinking of his therapist wife, who left him for another therapist, and
despite the best efforts of his new girlfriend, Erica, Augie's testosterone
levels have sunk lower than the winter temperatures of Minneapolis.
One day, a beautiful, blond violinist with multiple personalities walks into
Augie's office. She draws him into a complex case that involves Neo-Nazi
violin collectors, mind control specialists, and a mass of anti-abortion
activists, who've come to the Twin Cities for a huge rally to coincide with
the Republican National Convention.
When Augie uncovers a plot to kill three abortion doctors in connection with
the rally, he needs all the help he can get. Detective Bobby Sabbatini of
the St. Paul Police Department, a rabid poetry evangelist, and Agent Francis
Synge, a charming, black-Irish, master of code are by his side, along with
his assistant Blossom, a spike-haired ex-con. But when Augie’s only child,
the radical singer-songwriter Minnesota Rose arrives to sing at a protest
rally, he realizes how dangerously close to him the threat has come.
Bart Schneider delivers a politically charged novel imbued with great wit
"Once upon a time, Sam Spade, Miles Roby, and Bill Maher all went to Bart
Schneider's laboratory. There was an accident--a spill, a flash of
lightning--and only one character came out. Schneider named him Augie Boyer.
You'll love the big lug."
-- Sean Doolittle, author of The Cleanup