Created by Ann Diamond
-- The Ariadine Agency's Motto
Is that a styling comb in your pocket, or are you glad to see me? DAVID DENNINGS is a former hairdresser turned Montreal private eye who escapes the bone-chilling winter of his hometown by taking a case that eventually leads him to Venezuela in Dead White Males, a surreal romp that The Antigonish Review described as "The Big Sleep meets Brazil meets Priscilla, Queen of the Desert."
The thing is, David's not exactly the world's greatest detective (although he does know his hair), and after two years running the Ariadne Detective Agency, he's facing both a mid-life and a financial crisis. So he jumps at the chance to track down Vera A. Utall, a femme fatale who's left more than a few celebrities in her sexual wake, including cross-dressing (but drop-dead gorgeous) Nick Maggot and literary hotshot Orville Goner.
David often seems out of his league, and the case offers some truly dizzying twists and turns, double-crosses, sexual shenanigans and mermaids, as well as a chance for David to crack wise like he was some cut-rate Humphrey Bogart (with a little Truman Capote tossed in, for good measure).
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith (original report, November 2003).
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