Can I, Max Royster,
fired from the NYPD for mental disease, on crutches, train a ragtag group of
performers, my Showbizzers, to use their skills and bodies to stop a genius
crime lord in the High Desert town of Basta, California?
from the New York cops for mental disease and on crutches from rescuing a
kidnapped debutante, I cannot handle another Manhattan slush winter.
Freezing, grieving my lost shield, I hobble
aboard an Amtrak train. America passes by outside my window.
When we reach the California desert, my
spirits rise. Hope for a new life makes me exit in the small sandy town of
The sun and beauty cheer me. But the town
suffers from crime. A thug mugs me, taking my cash and ID.
That turns me sad again.
A group that I dub “My Showbizzers” –
out-of-work dancers, actresses, dog trainers and writers – rescue me. They
remind me of my live-for-the-moment cronies back in Manhattan, “The Playpen
Irregulars.” Thrilled by their energy, I fall in love with Koy, a beautiful
Some Basta deputies duck work or bully
innocents. Their sloppiness angers and frustrates me, and their laziness helps
a local criminal genius, Crostwaite, rob a bank.
Inspiration hits me.
My Showbizzers have many skills. Maybe they
could use those talents and creativity to fight crime. They might do better
than some lazy deputies.
Nobody else believes in my idea. Locals mock
me. The sheriff and the FBI block me. But I force myself to push my idea
forward, while my Showbizzers must fight their own bias against government and
But when Crostwaite starts killing, I train my
Showbizzers. They go undercover. Their beautiful bodies use sex as a weapon.
Koy trains dogs to burgle homes and seize evidence.
To avenge his childhood of horrors, Crostwaite
vows to destroy Basta.
Frightened but passionate, without guns, power
or respect, my Showbizzers and I risk everything to stop Crostwaite
Our deadly showdown will answer the question
once and for all:
Showbizzers Crush Crime?
Hickey's fascinating stories are a compelling
slice of real policing.
~ Robert Lentol, Police Officer, New
Frank Hickey brings his own unique voice and experience to this crime
story. His past experiences and
expertise in law enforcement and investigations lends credibility to the plot
and characters he brings into the story. An interesting, enjoyable, and fun book filled with fascinating characters.
~ Joe Pennisi, Chief Investigator
(retired), N.Y. County District Attorney's Office
As Frank Hickey's new mystery, Can Showbizzers Crush Crime?, so vividly
demonstrates, he is the righteous successor to Gregory McDonald (author of the
Fletch series). In the realm of antic mayhem, Mr. Hickey is today's master of
the tongue-in-cheek form. His mysteries will make the reader both shiver and
~ Matty Paris (author of The Holy City [Carpenter
Press] and Mystery [Avon])