Meet Robert “Butch” Bliss. Once upon a time, he was a rising star in the adult filmed entertainment industry, but that was before the unfortunate incident with all that cocaine (not his) in the back of the car (also not his). Regardless, the DA was up for re-election that year, and so he made a point of throwing the book at this disreputable young man who was making a liviMeet Robert “Butch” Bliss. Once upon a time, he was a rising star in the adult filmed entertainment industry, but that was before the unfortunate incident with all that cocaine (not his) in the back of the car (also not his). Regardless, the DA was up for re-election that year, and so he made a point of throwing the book at this disreputable young man who was making a living shooting nudie films (that was true) and selling drugs (so very not true). In the end, Butch got a decade’s worth of free room and board at CCI in Tehachapi, CA. Throw in a little accidental misunderstanding in the prison shower one day, and that decade turned into decade and a half.You’d think a man would be sour on the world after that, but along the way, Bliss found his, well, not his “bliss,” because that would be totally corny, but he found something similar, and as the 20th century comes to a close, Butch Bliss is out of jail, out of work, and living rent-free in the bungalow out behind Mrs. Chow’s house. What’s an ex-con, ex-porn star to do? Well, he does favors. Not those kind of favors. He gives aid to those who need help from someone who isn’t afraid of jaywalking, or smoking in the lavatory on an airplane, or littering at a state park. He helps out the little guy, the disenfranchised, the downtrodden, and the underrepresented because he knows how badly the system will screw anyone.Hidden Palms begins with a favor (as they all do), and ends with a showdown between a motorcycle gang, rogue DEA agents, and a narcissistic narcotics entrepreneur. Stoic, unflappable, and easy-going, Bliss is the dude who strolls out of the sunset and offers to change the tire when you’ve got a flat along the side of the Pacific Coast Highway. He’s the dude who will carry your groceries through that neighborhood where gangbanger drive-bys happen around the clock. He’s the dude who will do just about anything, if you ask nicely. (And no, not those things; he doesn't do that sort of work anymore.)...
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Hidden Palms Reviews
My eyebrow raised when I discovered the protagonist was an ex-porn star, but after reading a few pages (and chuckling) I realized that Butch was serious about the 'ex-porn' staying 'ex-porn'. Butch Bliss is called up by a past connection in the porn industry to find a woman and it doesn't take Butch long to discover that there is more going on at Hidden Palms and the neighboring community than just elite retreat activities. Harry Bryant is clever and funny and I am looking forward to more Butch Bliss.
A quick read that takes me back to the old detective novels I would steal from my mom's shelf when I was a kid. It's a lean read, fast and to the point with a lead character in Butch Bliss who has been through the bad stuff and come out the other side with a patina of cynicism and humor hiding a good heart. I've found that it's hard to revisit the literary loves of my youth, I've left them behind while being left behind by the modern iterations. Harry Bryant, and Butch Bliss, exactly scratched an itch I'd forgotten I had.
An ex-con, ex-porn star is sent to find a woman lost behind the walls of the secretive Hidden Palms Spiritual Center. What could possibly go wrong? If you love quirky, fun, sexy detective stories, this is the book for you. The hero, Butch Bliss, is the kind of guy you'd hope to meet if your car broke down in the middle of the night, in the rain, in a bad part of town. Bliss is part comedian, part tough guy, and part zen warrior and more than part "hubba hubba".Bryant's prose is greyhound lean and fast, the dialogue witty, and the plot mysterious enough to keep you guessing until the final page. This promises to be an entertaining series and I look forward to the next installment! Fans of stories like "Get Shorty" will not be disappointed. Grab your suntan lotion and movie-star glasses and hitch a ride to California to find your Bliss!
I had the unique privilege of reading this a little under a year ago while sitting in a hospital room with my wife and newborn son. Wonderful pacing, fun to read, and was definitely a more than adequate escape from all the hospital goings-on last year. Looking forward to picking up a physical copy now that it's out to share with friends around the state!
This is a fun read with a lot of interesting characters. I enjoyed the dialogue, especially between Robert and Dolly. I would have liked more development of the biker characters. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning pages.