Pipsqueak - Garth Carson, Bk 1 Author:Brian Wiprud New York City taxidermy collector Garth Carson was seconds away from snagging the greatest find of his career—the original Pipsqueak the Nutty Nut, stuffed-squirrel puppet star of his favorite 1950s kiddie TV show—until a biker, a brawny redhead, and a murder derailed his dreams and stole his squirrel. Now Garth would do anything to ... more »get Pipsqueak back. Unfortunately, so would someone else.
When Garth and his gal, Angie, two of New York’s most unlikely sleuths, enter a wacky, rollicking underworld of club-goers, jive cult members, and at least one very violent Pipsqueak aficionado, Garth’s black-sheep crime-prone brother joins the fray, sure that there’s more to this squirrel than old fur and a pair of glass eyes. Suddenly Garth is starting to get a clue: The puppet star of one old-time TV show is leading him straight into the heart of a loopy cult, a retro rage, and a diabolical conspiracy to first control Pipsqueak—then the world.« less
Cute. Weird. Fun. Strange. Off the wall. As mysteries go, I've read better, but not many funnier or stranger. Think Dave Barry's Tricky Business featuring a stuffed squirrel, a crazy Russian immigrant, and a taxidermist, and you've got Pipsqueak.
It's as if Chuck Palahniuk and David Sedaris set out to wrote a Bukowski style, tongue in cheek mystery. It's full of many twists and turns, colorful characters and a pretty in depth look into the world of taxidermy. I actually learned a lot. Brian Wiprud really did his research. It was a nice, quick, fun read. I've already ordered the second book!