Stinking Rich: Rob Brunet
Some sons will work extra jobs or find someway to make life easier for their parents. Danny Grant wanted to make sure that someday his mother would be able to live in a warmer climate. But, school was not his thing. Hard work not really so Danny Grant decided to target his energies in a vocation that he thought was lucrative and would make him solvent: SELLING POT AND OTHER ASSORTED WEED! Pulling scams, stealing, making a few quick bucks he never expected to get the dream job of a lifetime getting hired to be the overseer you might say of a big wade of marijuana for a biker gang. Not caring or knowing who hired him made little difference since using his cell phone to get his orders would make it easier. How hard could it be to make sure that the weeds or plants that were growing in a huge barn in the country were watered and cared for until harvest time? Well! Let’s hope that teens will not think this is a great way to make money because he got thousands of dollars a week for his efforts but Danny wanted more and instead of banking his stash he took it to an Indian Casino and lost it. Shows you how frugal he is not! Not really caring about anyone and finding his way to someone named Lester’s trailer he is confronted by a dangerous dog and what happens next you just have to be there to appreciate to believe. With his mother a waitress at a local watering hole and his gambling partner and free loader Lester Freeden the story opens with a big fat bang, laugh and well unusual death of his friend as the dangerous dog I just mentioned would like nothing better than to eat part of Danny’s foot or anywhere else. Danny leaves his cigarettes at Lester’s and wants them back but Shooter the dog refuses to let him by. Using a baseball bat he accidentally or at least it looks like an accident kills Lester. But, this is where we learn just how ridiculous Danny is and how desperate his actions as he enlists the help of his friend to bury Lester. With the help of his friend Terry he hopes to bury Lester and continue on as if nothing happened. But, after burying the body poor Danny has to run from the police and the biker gang that comes after him when his so called friend Terry sends the cops on his trail when a drug deal goes sour and the smell of the marijuana crop is so strong that as the deal is about to be completed you guessed it they are caught. But, Danny has a pet iguana that he talks too and actually takes advice from as another character whose voice the author interjects. It is hilarious just listening to the conversation as the Iguana puts his owner in his place!
Perko is the man who Danny works for and who is paying him tons of money to act as a marijuana and weed sitter. Perko’s goal is to move up in the pecking order of the Libido biker gang who is behind the huge drug deal that went sour. Danny seems to think that the only way to make money is to sell drugs. Regardless of any of his other talents this one rivals them all. Perko on the other hand is running the show but with rival gangs at his door and dealing with Mongoose another rival gang you just don’t know what will happen next.
The author flashes to the fire that enabled Danny to hurl out 750 thousand dollars while the barn went up in flames. But, when Officer Ainsley with Perko in toe decides to bring down the entire operation what happens is right out of an Abbott and Costello episode followed by a touch of Lucy and Ethel as the poor guy ate the wrong foods that night and the end result is Montezuma’s revenge. Danny slept though the entire thing did not hear the cops cars coming or the fire truck until it was too late but since the scene was filled with so much noise and no one really had it under control he managed to find a sack with 750 thousand dollars which he decided belonged to him. Going to Ernie’s shack he helps him escape but somehow in between he was arrested when Lester’s body was found. Hearing his voice in the jail and knowing he received some extra incentive from the Libido’s who probably paid off the guards to take care of business he finally gets out of jail. When he returns to the scene of one crime he learns that the friend that had the money hidden in his place died. Humor, sarcasm, slapstick, the ridiculous and the unthinkable are part of what author Rob Brunet creates in this hilarious and fun filled romp. So, just when Danny feels sorry for himself that his cash stash and his bank roll would no longer be filled he finds the money but at a big price. Never thinking to go straight. Never realizing that to help his mother he was going about it the wrong way. Loyalties do not exist. Betrayals run high and Danny has many lessons to learn.
Terry learned nothing from what happened to him getting caught by Officer Ainsley who cleverly foiled the operation almost singlehanded. But, greed, money and tons of weed were definitely in his horizon as Terry is doing something else if you can read through the smoke when someone close to Danny lost his life in the fire. As an informant, firefighter, woman magnet and definitely hot on the trail of a lawyer who he was with when the fire started and the neighbor died, we learn that no one learns their lesson even the second and third time. But, my favorite character is the Iguana named Piggy who tries really hard to keep Danny on the straight and narrow almost like his conscience but who listens to an Iguana?
Just when you think that all of the antics have been revealed we meet a lawyer who is not so honest and wants a piece of the pie too as she attempts to talk to a woman who is bent on cleaning up the property of the man who burned in the fire and talking to her dog Wort. Imagine that but even more this lawyer wants to get her hands on the property while the drug dealers plan revenge. From exploding toilets, to an Iguana that talks and stolen vans plus kidnappings this story is filled with the unexpected and the surreal at times. So, where is the money? Is it still where Danny buried it under the outhouse of the man who lived there before dying in the fire? But, let’s not forget the unforgettable scenes in the prison where Danny is asked to have some afternoon delight and what he cleverly does to well you have to read it for yourself. So, Linette, the public defender who wants the money Danny found for herself or something else, Officer Ainsley who well unwittingly becomes her mark and wants him to help her find it this story is hilarious but it also reminds us that people will go to any lengths for money, power and serious greed!
The chase is on to see that can find the money first: Danny, Mongoose, Perko or even the Skeletons. The prime factor is who gets there first and who gets well you can guess what happens to those who cross the gang who seems quite disorganized in their planning, Perko who seems to think he can get away with anything and a corrupt lawyer and volunteer fireman whose hose needs watering too often. Just where is the elusive duffel bag with the money and who has it? The setting is Kawathas and the cash or stash is open game.
What happens when Danny kidnaps an old lady along with her bus? What about Judy Jackman why does she want to help him? Why does he really feel bad about what happened to Ernie and what secrets have yet to unfold? Right out of an episode of Saturday Night Live the comedy does not cease and the ending well you have to be there and experience it yourself.
Truths come out and secret you won’t believe and a lawyer whose allegiance comes into question, a police officer who might not be so innocent and a gang who fumbles, jumbles and well you have to read it for yourself to find out what happens at the end. Explosive, charged with shots, someone confesses to the fires as someone’s past comes front and center in the present as the ending will make you wonder: Who’s on first? What’s on Second and I Don’t Know on Third! But, what I do know is that I hope the author is planning a sequel so that we can find out what happens to Danny, why someone decided to stick with him and just who survives and who winds up Stinking Rich! The characters are unique and the plot is fast paced and the book deserves: FIVE GOLDEN DUFFEL BAGS!
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