Today I welcome crime writer Steve Brewer with a post on Bubba Mabry's 9th outing in Party Doll.
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Make a comment about Bubba, Party Doll, or any of Steve Brewer's other books. There will be 5 winners chosen randomly. Be sure and post your email. Deadline for comments: March 10. Steve Brewer is the author of more than 20 books, including the recent crime novels CALABAMA, FIREPOWER and CUTTHROAT. His first novel, LONELY STREET, was made into an independent Hollywood comedy starring Robert Patrick, Jay Mohr and Joe Mantegna. BOOST currently is under film/TV option. Brewer's short fiction has appeared in the anthologies DAMN NEAR DEAD, THE LAST NOEL and CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT, and he's published articles in magazines such as Mystery Scene, Crimespree and Mystery Readers Journal. STEVE BREWER:
I've written more than two dozen books now, but none were more fun for the author than my latest Bubba Mabry adventure, PARTY DOLL.
This story was a no-pressure labor of love. No deadlines. No editor breathing down my neck. I started writing it as a short story, but it grew to a 37,000-word novella and that was okay, because I knew all along I'd self-publish it as an e-book.
Over the past year or so, I've republished my entire backlist as e-books, and I thought a new Bubba story might drive traffic to the bumbling Albuquerque private eye's eight other outings.
Bubba and I have been together a long time. He starred in my first published novel, LONELY STREET, which came out in 1994, and I've come back to him again and again, in between the standalone crime novels that I also write. Getting into Bubba's voice is like slipping into a comfortable old shirt. Familiar and warm and easy.
(By the way, LONELY STREET was made into a Hollywood comedy that went straight to DVD a couple of years ago. It's available through Netflix and such.)
In PARTY DOLL, Bubba is hired to locate a missing stripper who goes by the stage name Joy Forever. As so often happens, the investigation leads to something much bigger. This time, it's a major corruption case that's also being investigated by his wife, newspaper reporter Felicia Quattlebaum. The two of them get to the bottom of it all, but not before Bubba suffers a few beatdowns and other indignities.
I've started work on a new crime novel, also set in Albuquerque, and it's a standalone that doesn't include Bubba. But I'll come back to him eventually, I'm sure. Bubba's never very far away.