A wild and wacky romp through a small town in Pennsylvania. The characters are an odd bunch of misfits, including a police officer in a wizards cape, an ex-con known as "The Outcast" who has a penchant for holding up hardware stores on donkey-back, a legal secretary who dislikes wearing clothes, and a batty old woman living in an abandoned school.
Boylan writes well. If you like the off beat, you will enjoy this book.
Believe it or not, in Centralia, Pennsylvania, a coal fire has been burning underground since 1962. This smoldering ghost town is the setting for James finney Boylan's exhilarating novel, in which a lovelorn skydiver with a faulty parachute sets off a chain of events that will emesh a banker with a thing for shaven heads; a mime who doubles as an office temp; a bandit who robs hardware stores on burroback; and a decrepit Dalmation named Buddy. Filled with gloriously unlikely plot twists and achingly recognizable human beings, THE PLANETS is a comedy of yearning and identity in the traditions of Kurt Vonnegut and John Kennedt O'Toole.