Guy walks into a strip club . . . and comes out filthy rich.
Down-and-out comedian “Filthy” Rich wasn’t always living on the edge—he was once famous. Now he tells viciously dirty jokes in the seediest possible strip clubs. His routine is so filthy that it’s actually illegal, since 1960’s Chicago has harsh blue laws.
Rich wasn’t always living on the edge, though—he was once famous for a clean routine, until his estranged wife ran off with Rich’s best jokes. With his act missing, he’s hellbent on tracking down the missing dame before he gets caught spewing the grossest jokes this side of Lake Michigan.
Enter Lou Fleener—expert streetfighter and ace private eye. Rich hires Lou to find the missing jokes—and the wayward wife. Which seems easy enough, right? But unfortunately, Lou’s clues lead him down a perilous rabbit hole of deceit, lies, and frame ups.
Plus, the irrepressible Cassidy, his wife turned partner-in-crime, and Monk, his improbably handsome yet socially awkward best friend, are knee deep in their own rollicking thrillers. The whole team is in imminent danger, each facing their own bad guy. And to top it all off, this team of witty Chicago sleuths is flat broke. Again.
Lou Fleener will be a treasured read for both cozy lovers and hard-boiled aficionados. And especially for readers looking for laughs. Lou and his team’s humorous yet action-packed adventures that will please fans of such diverse authors as Donald Westlake, Raymond Chandler, and Lawrence Block in his “burglar” mode.