A critical part of a top secret death ray has been hidden for twenty years inside the body of a whimsical lawn gnome in a Cleveland suburb, and it's Danny Fortune's job to find it! A case of mistaken identity leads to Danny waking up in a strange bed with a woman he doesn't know. She helps get Danny a new job, and he becomes the curator of a collection of knickknacks for a rich, eccentric entrepreneur. He's suddenly got lots of money, a brand new truck, and a pretty girlfriend. But something is not quite right... One night, Danny ignores his instructions, and accidentally discovers that he and his girlfriend are at the middle of a plot to create a super weapon from a long-hidden Cold War scientific discovery. With his buddy, a troublemaking video store clerk, by his side, Danny races to find the lawn gnome that can save his girlfriend, and maybe even the world!!
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Bad Art is a great start by a promising newly published author. It has all the offbeat characters, zany situations and cliffhanger chapter endings of Carl Hiaasen's earlier novels (think Skink!). If you're a fan of Christopher Moore's books, like Fluke or Island of the Sequined Love Nun, or Eric Garica's "Rex" books you should check this one out!