An Interview with Larry Laughlin, before the events of Hope for the Wicked, by Edward Lorn
Tell us about your family.
Well, right now it's just three of us: Larry, Mo and Curly. Mo's my wife. We've been married for ten years. Ma and her run a private investigation firm in
. At this moment, she's giving Curly a bath. He can't stand water, but once she gets him in the tub, he stops trying to bite her. Did I mention Curly's a dog? Long Beach, California
What books have most influenced your life?
Anything by Robert Burns. Dude had a major way with words. I have to find his stuff translated, though, because he wrote like he spoke. Not that I knew what the guy sounded like, but he was a native Scotsman. Without alteration, most of his poetry went like this: The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley. Yeah... my point exactly. But he was right, even in 1785. Plans suck. Even the well laid out ones can go south on you in a hurry.
If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?
A guy named Ralph Bloomingdale. Mo and I were sent to see about the guy but it turned out he didn't deserve the attention we gave him. Sometimes, I wish I had the power of foresight, you know, mystical voodoo fortune-telling skills. Ralph is the main reason Mo and I retired from our previous profession and became private investigators. We couldn't keep on doing what we'd been doing knowing that we could never be one hundred percent certain of someone's guilt.
What would we find under your bed?
A lockbox with all of our personal paperwork hidden inside. Sorry to disappoint you, but I lend no credence to the boogeyman or things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of real-world bad guys to fear without being frightened of crap that doesn't exist.
What makes you happy?
Boredom. I know that seems a little... boring, but given that my life has been pretty chaotic since I was an early teen, banality has become quite soothing. I like nothing more than sitting at home, petting my dog and just existing. If there's nothing going on, there's nothing going wrong.
What is the next big thing?
Our handler, Tommy Kirsch, is in the process of finding Mo and I new jobs even as we speak. Tommy's a good guy, if a little country at times. He has a way of getting his hands on needed information. And even though he's young, the guy's a go-getter, and hasn't let us down as of yet. But, I will say, if he doesn't come across a high-paying job soon, the lights could start going out around here.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?
Wonderfail. It's a word of my own making, one that describes situations so wonderfully full of fail that no other words can describe them. Mo likes "Sad Panda," because, well... have you ever seen an unhappy panda? Those black and white bears seem to be in a constant state of euhoria. It's like they haven't got a clue how close to extinction they really are.
Who should play you in a film?
Well, if I had my ego answer that question, I'd say someone the likes of Brad Pitt or George Clooney. But, to be honest, it would probably be more likely is Michael Cera or Jesse Eisenberg played me. I'm an unassuming guy, not big in the looks or brains department. Don't get me wrong, I'm good at what I do, one of the best in fact, I just won't be gracing the cover of GQ any time soon.
Sometimes, bad people do good deeds.
Larry and Mo Laughlin are retired killers turned private investigators with monetary woes. So when their handler introduces them to the Trudeaus, one final job is placed on the docket.
Jacob and Bernice Trudeau need their teenage daughter, Amy, found, and they also want the men responsible dead. Two million dollars is an offer Larry and Mo can’t refuse.
To find Amy, the Laughlins must travel to Mexico, where they are thrust into a world of debauchery so foul they will be forever changed.
One crazed pimp, a veterinarian turned doc-for-hire, and an enigmatic facility called “The Show” lie in wait for the wayward couple.
Is there any hope for the wicked?
*Warning: Contains explicit language, violence, and sex
I absolutely loved this book - that is up until “The Show”. Told from the perspective of Larry Laughlin, a private detective and reformed (sort of) assassin, this book is offbeat, humorous, and darkly wacky. The conversations snap, crackle and pop. The backstory is slowly revealed as this new case unfolds and I loved the way in which the pieces of the puzzle interlocked. I was drawn into Larry’s world – I wanted Larry and his wife Mo to somehow beat the odds.
This book would have easily garnered a 5 star rating in my mind because of it’s well-written odd quirkiness and fringe characters. However, “The Show” disgusted and appalled me – not in a scary, horrific way, but because I felt it was senseless, irrelevant and just plain gross. The same end could have been achieved through many other literary vehicles, in my opinion. The reader warning needs to be more strongly worded. Still, though I am disturbed by the single depicted event, I am delighted and amazed at the way in which this author fleshed out the characters and propelled this story along with such unique flair.
This book was provided to me by the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
Edward Lorn is an American horror author presently residing in the southeast United States. He enjoys storytelling, reading, and writing biographies in the third person.
Once upon a time, during a session of show and tell, a seven-year-old Edward Lorn shared with his class that his baby brother had died over the weekend. His classmates, the teacher included, wept while he recanted the painful tragedy of having lost a sibling.
Edward went home that day and found an irate mother waiting for him. Edward’s teacher had called to express her condolences. This was unfortunate, as Edward had never had a baby brother.
With advice given to her by a frustrated teacher, Edward’s mother made him start writing all of his lies down. The rest, as they say, is history.
Edward Lorn and his wife are raising two children, along with a handful of outside cats and a beagle named Dot. He remains a liar to this day. The only difference is, now he’s a useful one.