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The Real Deal.

A Tony Flaner Mystery

The Real Deal

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Tony must face sticky mud, stickier orgies and the Rapture itself to uncover the Real Deal.

In this captivating tale, Eugene, Oregon, known for its vibrant counterculture and unconventional charm, becomes the backdrop for a convergence of competing cults. As the Merry Pranksters revel in their mischievous antics and the spirit of the world hangs in the balance, Tony finds himself in the midst of a psychic soiree hosted by a mysterious mushroom millionaire. Little does Tony know that this enigmatic figure shares a troubling connection with his girlfriend, raising questions and stirring suspicions.

With a blend of humor and uncertainty, Tony faces the muddy obstacles of Eugene, where even the Roman cement would blush at the thickness of the mud. Amidst the swirling incense and fervent devotion, Tony must navigate sticky situations, outrageous orgies, and a series of unsettling events that involve brainwashing, kidnapping, and multiple murders. Can he rise above his mid-life crisis, embrace his inner hero, and uncover the truth behind the facade?

Prepare for a mind-bending journey where reality intertwines with the mystical, secrets lurk behind closed eyes, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Will Tony be able to separate fact from fiction, or will he succumb to the allure of a world-building mastermind? It’s a whirlwind of suspense, laughter, and unexpected twists as Tony faces his greatest challenge yet—the quest for the Real Deal.

Living in Utah, it was only a matter of time before Tony had to face faith.

I return to my erstwhile home of Eugene Oregon for Tony to delve into the nature of cults, their core of belief and the often overriding facets of deceit that make up such organization. Cult plus time equals religion, but these are early times. It's a game of grift and mayhem, big money, tax exemption, feel good aphorisms and pie in the sky promises. And sex. Lots of sex. Drugs too, but sex. Always sex.

But it's not all bad. Amid the confusion, among the fakirs is the real deal and Tony finally faces it.

The Real Deal marks a milestone in my career. It is the first book I ever sold before it was finished! Thanks much to the kind people at Rough Edges Press for continuing Tony's chaos.


Genre: Detective Mystery/Comedy
Words: 122,000
Status: Available now at Amazon from Rough Edges Press.