Books by David Rice
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Desert Soliloquy the memoir Title: Desert Soliloquy. A Perfectly Sane Misanthrope Hides in the Desert

"It is a cynical, fabulous, outrageous, politically incorrect, foul-mouthed and absolutely hilarious modern-day Walden." --- Douglas Preston

"It's original, fresh, full of humor and I'll be damned if there wasn't a moral in there, too. It's the kind of stuff the world needs." -- Jan Atle Ramsli

"Thoreau reincarnated as an emotionally disturbed comedian." -- Critique Circle beta reader

Synopsis: Twenty-nine months living alone in the desolate wasteland of the Avawatz Mountain Range, on the southeastern edge of Death Valley. The memoir includes humorous narratives about living in a hostile environment, the people the author met when venturing away from the cave he lived in, and assorted details about some of the historical people and events in the area in the past 300 years. The language is aggressive and yet intoxicating with its ability to keep the reader poised between offended outrage and full-throated laughter.

Manuscript has 99,600 words.
Genre: Memoir

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Me Versus the Humans Title: MS VERSUS THE HUMANS

Raconteur essays in the manner of Edward Paul Abbey, Henry David Thoreau.

Genres: Memoir; Humor; Nature; Humanity

Romance Most Foul Title: ROMANCE MOST FOUL: A Kathryn Able Novel #1

The dead body blocking the doorway was good for business, though it was a bit of a chore to step over for customers entering the Romance Most Foul Bookstore in Logan, New Mexico. The Murder Romance genre was booming, and Death demanded a piece of the action. Bodies piled higher and deeper; chocolate chip cookies grew scarcer. Bookstore owner Kathryn Able struggles to make sense of the bewildering chaos growing around her, even though the handsome Detective William Paige has ordered her to go home, stay there, and (guessing correctly) keep her plump dimpled ass out of his business.

With the murderer following hot on her flat heels, Kathryn follows each crumb of a clue in the effort to discover his identity before he manages to shelve her forever, six feet under.

Genre: Cozy, Murder Mystery, Light Humor. #OwnVoices

Back Cover Blurb:

Shoving aside the dead body cooling on the bookstore's floor to get to the snickerdoodles wasn't much of an inconvenience: the local baker could always make more. But when the baker also turns up murdered, the ladies of the Romance Most Foul book club are justly concerned and so is the store's owner, Kathryn Able. The drop-dead gorgeous police Detective William Paige has concluded that Kathryn is the killer, and so have the delighted members of the club. Following each crumb of a clue from victim to victim, Kathryn must remain alive at least long enough to discover the real murderer, and another source of cookies.

Cuddle-Bunny Most Foul Title: CUDDLE-BUNNY MOST FOUL: A Kathryn Able Novel #2

Handsome story-teller Adam Sedgewicke is loved by everyone for his movie star looks, wit, and charm. That is, everyone loved him, past tense; because now Sedgewicke himself is past tense. A tongue or two are missing and so is a viable suspect for the murder.

Oh, I beg your pardon. I wrote "murder" singular. You know how these romantic escapades go: one just tends to lead to another. Bookstore owner Kathryn Able must solve the crime before her tongue joins the collection.

Genre: Cozy, Murder Mystery, Light Humor

. Title: RENDEZVOUS MOST FOUL: A Kathryn Able Novel #3

Genre: Cozy, Murder Mystery, Light Humor

Ten Horses for Snow Hare Title: TEN HORSES FOR SNOW HARE. An Epic Mojave Tale.

Some times a boy's love for a girl can make him do something foolish. It can also make him a legend.

Synopsis: An extravagant boast sets Long Stride upon a journey towards a goal that must only lead to failure and death: steal ten horses from the Anglos and Mexicans who have moved in and settled within the East Mojave desert.

Genre: Western, Young Adult

Nick Grant Title: NICHOLAS GRANT · A Novel

Sequel to TEN HORSES, ten years later. A Nick and Long Stride novel.

Genre: Western

Mojave Crucible Title: MOJAVE CRUCIBLE · A Short Story

Synopsis: Two men in a contest of courage, endurance, and stamina as they cross the hostile East Mojave Desert on foot after the attempted murder of a convience store cashier is inturrupted by the extraordinary sheriff's deputy Bob Hollimon.

Genre: Fiction, Law Enforcement

Lint Title: Lint · A Novel

Synopsis: Sheriff's deputy Bob Hollimon gets caught up in the investigation of the bombing of a passenger jet, with the reclusive private detective known only by the name "Lint" as the chief suspect in the crime.

Genre: Fiction, Law Enforcement

Lint Title: She Who Is Broken · A Short Story

Synopsis: A war raid on a neighboring tribe left her loverless and emotionally maimed. The cost of healing the wound may be greater than any woman can bear.

Genre: Fiction