The Great American Betrayal
by Scott Stein
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2022
Tiny Fox Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
A nefarious blackmail.
An attempted murder.
Another metric ton of coffee...
Someone is trying to blackmail one of The Great American's biggest influencelebs, and Frank Harken—private investigator—along with his trusty coffeebot, Arjay, will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of it(1)(2).
As they follow the clues, the two are pulled deeper and deeper into the giant mall's secret machinations, and with every twist and turn the case provides, it becomes clearer that there's a sinister force looming over the Great American, one that has no qualms about using—and disposing—of anyone and anything to accomplish its goals.
By the end of it all, only one thing will be for certain: Harken could really, really use a cup of coffee.
The Great American Betrayal is the sci-fi comedy satire sequel to The Great American Deception, about which Publishers Weekly (starred review, PW Picks) said, "Sure to appeal to fans of Douglas Adams, this zany, uproarious mystery is a constant delight."
If you like quirky characters, cultural mashups, and original wordplay, then you'll love Scott Stein's futuristic send-up.
(1) Except for dogs. Arjay loves dogs.
(2) And maybe hats.
"The Great American Betrayal is a wickedly funny novel jam-packed with madcap invention and verbal hijinks that are sure to be a hit with fans of Douglas Adams and Stanislaw Lem. Scott Stein writes wild plots and sentences that tie your brain in delicious knots while working his inimitable brand of bravura cosmic absurdity. God bless him."
—Gabe Hudson, author of Dear Mr. President and Gork, the Teenage Dragon
"Delightful, sparkling, zany, with clever references to Kafka and Orwell and Borges, and narrated by a lovable crime-solving coffeebot, The Great American Betrayal takes the dysfunction of our social-media-riveted world and ramps it up to absurdist heights in service of a rollicking, engrossing mystery."
—Vikram Paralkar, author of Night Theater and The Afflictions
"I love Scott Stein's writing. It's effervescent. The Great American Betrayal practically fizzed on my tongue. It's sharp and silly and a hell of a lot of fun to read."
—Mike Sacks, author of Passing on the Right, Stinker Lets Loose, and Poking a Dead Frog
"Stein's The Great American Betrayal is a blast! A coffee-maker turned detective and his laconic, 'Not-An-English-Professor' partner deliver a fun story and a good-humored skewering of contemporary American culture in this winning sequel."
—Chantel Acevedo, author of the Muse Squad series and The Curse on Spectacle Key