(PRWEB) November 4, 2004
"WhatÂs the worst thing youÂve ever done? That one thing you canÂt tell your friends, your spouse, your parents, even yourself? Maybe no one knows, but you still did it! YouÂre nothing but a no good, low down Scalawag." ÂDennis the piano player, rationalizing his reprehensible deeds.
Following the premise of LaflerÂs earlier title "Bughouse", the action is set in an indigo toned, Âinsect noirÂ Manhattan of the nineteen fifties; the characters are bug headed hipster bop musicians.
Our view into this world is focused on Bughouse, a jazz band comprised of Jimmy Watts, tenor sax, Slim Watkins on piano (then Dennis on piano after Slim dies), Ralph Rojas, drums, and Bones the bass player. JimmyÂs wife, Julie, manages the band, while RalphÂs main squeeze Liz Fuller provides exuberant fan support.
Dennis, the new piano man in Bughouse, is by all accounts a very funky player and a genial chap. But before long, the real Dennis inevitably reveals himself as a gambling, lying, cheating, two-timing, drunken thief and all around Scalawag. Only when he encounters his doppelganger ÂDennnisÂ, does Dennis reach his epiphanyÂthat the real force at the center of his life is love (or perhaps an extremely Machiavellian cartoonist.)
Scalawag is a 144 page trade paperback, retailing for $12.95.
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