Who Killed Art Deco?: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 2, 2009 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Art Deco Jr. is heir to a vast fortune, scion of one of America's most powerful men -- Art Deco Sr. -- though by the time we meet him in these pages, Art has fallen into a life of depravity: booze, drugs, you name it. The Deco family is almost too embarrassed to acknowledge him as their own. And by the time Art is found shot dead in his elegant Manhattan apartment, there is a long list of friends and family who may have wanted to kill him -- so the police have their work cut out for them.

NYPD detectives Eddie Roach and Jackie Hallerhan are up against a wall when private investigator Jimmy Netts is called on the case by Art Deco Sr. His first case, no less! Netts teams with the NYPD (mostly because he's not exactly sure how to go about solving crimes, much less understands the procedure, and doesn't have a detective's license) to find out who killed poor Art Jr. It could be just about anyone.

As a storyteller, the infamous Chuck Barris is the blackest comedian there is. As a satirist, his is a wickedly razor-sharp voice. The deadpan dialogue, investigative snafus, crime drama parody, and cast of hilarious characters in Who Killed Art Deco? bring to mind an unholy combination of Agatha Christie and the Pink Panther, with just a dash of Homicide. This is a dark and delightfully funny book from an equally, delightfully, troubled mind.
 

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Chuck Barris, the father of reality television (Dating Game, Newlywed Game, Gong Show), famous for his slightly sick humor, is the author of this parody. Although it could have been better, I still ... Read full review

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Before American Idol and the Dr. Phil Show, there were The Gong Show and The Dating Game, two wildly successful 1960s TV game shows that emphasized straight-ahead entertainment blissfully free of ... Read full review

Contents

The Suspect
21
The Victim Meets the Suspect
35
The Decos
71
The Murder
95
The Private Eye
121
Jimmys First Case
155
The Nineteenth Precinct
169
The Decos Again
191
And Then What Happened?
225
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Chuck Barris is a former television show creator and producer, whose credits include The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The Gong Show, and Treasure Hunt. He is the author of several books, including Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (adapted into a major motion picture) and the New York Times bestselling novel You and Me, Babe. Chuck and his wife, Mary, live in Manhattan.

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