Fiction. Avi Heyer's rollicking adventure begins when he returns to Elsbeth, North Carolina, to settle his mother's affairs. A student chef with the wrong girlfriend and a mud-loving dog, Avi soon finds himself dragged into a criminal conspiracy. His world is churned up, down and sideways by the diabolical Camel and her hired henchwomen; an unknown phone caller who somehow tracks his every move; an enticing hippie who may be trying to steal something from Avi; a plainspoken building contractor with a suspicious hearing aid; and a news reporter desperate for love. And then there's Avi's whale, with its graceful bulk and keening song, a whale that becomes more than an obsession.
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Alan Michael Parker has written eight volumes of poetry and three novels, and edited or co-edited five other books; his numerous awards and fellowships include three Pushcart Prizes, two inclusions in Best American Poetry, the 2012 North Carolina Book Award, and the Randall Jarrell Poetry Award in both 2013 and the 2014. He is Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College and also teaches in the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program. Author City: DAVIDSON, NC USA