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The Incredible Double (Paperback)

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Most of the time, Clay Blackburn is your average, bisexual, book scout in Berkeley, but sometimes he’s a would-be private detective—without a license, gun, or even a business card. Despite his questionable qualifications, people still come to him for help, and he inevitably comes across more than his fair share of trouble. Through it all, he’s constantly seeking the fountain of youth, the myth of paradise, the pie in the sky—The Incredible Double. Fighting his way through corporate shills, Berkeley loonies, and CEO thugs, Clay struggles to understand the secret of The Double and discover the true meaning of life. Joined by his three trusty but goofy sidekicks—best friend and lefty soldier of fortune Marvin, ex-FBI agent Bailey Dao, and smarmy but debonair Dino Centro—Clay confronts a host of bizarre characters, including drug casualty turned poet Loose Bruce, conspiracy theorist Larry Sasway, and Grace, the Tallulah Bankhead of Berkeley. Together—and sometimes not so together—they team up to foil Drugstore Wally, the CEO with an evil plan.

About the Author


Owen Hill is the author of The Chandler Apartments and Loose Ends. He was awarded the Howard Moss Residency for poetry at Yaddo in 2005. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Praise For…


“Owen Hill's breathless, sly, and insouciant mystery novels are full of that rare Dawn Powel-ish essence: fictional gossip.”  —Jonathan Lethem, author, The Fortress of Solitude



"The mystery is real, the stakes are high; some people make it through while others . . . well, let's just say they're compromised. Here we have the essence of noir, a sense of life lived at the edges."  —Los Angeles Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9781604860832
ISBN-10: 1604860839
Publisher: PM Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2009
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: PM Fiction