The Pink Tarantula
A Novel in 9 Episodes
In this novel of nine closely related episodes, we join Cripand Henrietta, as unlikely a detective duo as ever hit the streets.
Crip and Henrietta aren’t your typical California privateeyes. For one thing, Crip’s real name is Tom Bateman. His sometime sidekickwith body piercings and spiked green hair, Henrietta, calls him “Crip” becausehe’s in a wheelchair. When she isn’t mocking him, Henrietta grows marijuana,hangs with jailbirds, and brings in cases that reek of trouble—and weed—atfirst sniff. Henrietta’s idea of a favor? Well, a couple of crazed fightingdogs need a home.
In these episodes, we watch Crip and Henrietta’srelationship grow as both characters struggle to bridge chasms of bitternessand mistrust. The private eye business in California hasn’t gotten this kind ofa reworking since Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler planted their gumshoesonto these mean streets.
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