Tony Aapt

Created by Rex Anderson

Lawnmower Blues, Rex Anderson's 1998 novel, received a fair amount attention among the early self-publishing crowd, if not actual sales, when it was first released way back in 1998 by Hard Shell Word Factory, mostly because it was one of the first of a slew of e-books (available on 3.5" diskettes!) commercially distributed on the Web.

But the buzz at the time was that it was a pretty good read ("really, really, really, really, really, really good," as one Amazon reviewer put it), full of intriguing major and minor characters. In fact, seven years later, Five Stars felt the story was still good enough to re-release it in good ol' hardcover albeit, according to the author, in a "much re-worked form, about 10% longer, not to mention that it was also finally professionally edited." A sign of things to come, perhaps.

TONY AAPT, thirtyish and not quite hard-boiled, is a reluctant Houston private eye who would do almost anything not to be a P.I.. But he's saddled with the struggling detective agency he inherited from his grandfather, and he's almost broke, so he takes on a case for an old buddy -- and recent sweepstakes winner -- who wants him to look into the supposed suicide of her husband thirty-three years ago.His friend, as they say, makes him an offer he can't refuse.

Author Anderson was born and grew up in northern Oklahoma, where his parents had a farm and he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in psychology. His various jobs to support his writing habit have included selling snow cones, working in an animal hospital, cutting down trees in Yellowstone Park, tending bar, working for an oil company, a candy company, a research company, a major communications company, a hotel company, and a supermarket, and owning a personnel service, as well as taking some time out "to play hippie."  He currently lives in Houston, the setting of most of his mystery novels, which include Cover Her With Roses, Night Calls, and My Dead Brother.


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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