Little Greed Men
O’Connell-Todd, Kym and Mark Todd
Raspberry Creek 9780985135232 2013
One of my favorite books of all time is Tourist Season, Carl Hiaasen’s hilarious debut novel which utilizes alligators, both living and rubber, as murder weapons. It resonated so much with me because I’ve spent most of my adult life in rural paradises that are unfortunately very appealing to tourists, scammers, and developers -- somewhat like Hiaasen’s Florida. Now I’ve found another rollicking novel dealing with the conflicting values between those who love the rural landscape, those who want to develop it, and the woo woo invaders who love it but just don’t “get” it.
The team who wrote the Silverville Saga, are astute observers of rural Western Slope Colorado and have nailed the setting and citizenry and what happens when change hits these communities. A purported UFO sighting leads to economic development when a shady citizen jumps on the bandwagon to publicize it as vacation destination complete with a UFO themed museum, motel, and amusement park. The town hires a UFO expert to guide the campaign but when on his way to Silverville, he gets out of his car to pee on a mountain pass during a late spring blizzard and is accidentally hit and killed by a con man who inadvertently takes on his identity.
Quirky characters, twisty plots, and guffaw worthy coincidences combine for a thoroughly delightful reading experience. One of the good things about reading a book when it isn’t brand-new-hot-off-the-press that does have sequels is that the reader doesn’t have to wait around for years for the next book. I can request a copy of All Plucked Up right now and be reading it later this week!