Wednesday, January 7, 2009

TIKI JOE MYSTERIES!

TIKI JOE MYSTERIES!

HERE’S A VERY COOL NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL COMBINING A WHOLE NUMBER OF MY NITCH INTERESTS FROM TIKI TO LOUNGE TO NOIR TO A WHOLE LOT MORE.

THE TIKI JOE MYSTERIES ARE FEATURED IN AN 80 PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL CONTAINING TWO COMPLETE CASES BY WRITER AND ILLUSTRATOR MARK MURPHY.


THE PAY OFF!
Las Vegas, 1959. WWII veteran, Joe Halliday is enjoying the good life. Running Tiki Joe’s Restaurant, courting a beautiful girl and making time with stead-fast friends. It’s all good until the local mob moves in with demands for protection money. When the police are unable to help, Joe calls in a few old army friends. Together they decide to pay the mob off....in lead!

THE HIGH STAKES PATSY
When The Pop-Wheelies, an all-girl motor-bike stunt team, roll into Vegas, Tiki Joe’s becomes their favorite night spot. Joe couldn’t be happier. Especially when the teams leader, Veronica Chase, starts getting fresh. It’s high times in Vegas until things become suspicious. Who stole the Astor Diamond on display at a major casino, and why are the Pop-Wheelies leaving town so suddenly? Joe finds himself being their perfect alibi...and a high stakes patsy!

MURPHY HAS THIS TO SAY ABOUT HIS INSPIRATION FOR TIKI JOE . . .

Tiki Joe, as an idea, was first born after watching the original Oceans 11 with Frank Sinatra playing Danny Ocean. WWII veterans get together and use their military training to rob Las Vegas. Sound familar? I just put a spin on it. instead of our heroes commiting a crime, they try to prevent one.

Oceans 11 is hardly the singular source of inspiration. Tiki Joe has it's roots firmly spread throughout the era that gave us that film. That wonderful time of the late 50's and the early 60's when the exotic music of Martin Denny was the rage, James Bond was played by Sean Connery, The definition of cool was five guys in suits called the rat pack and tiki bars could be found in every sizable city in the country.

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