by Jim Dodge - £9.99 Canongate Books Ltd (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781841954868 | ISBN 10: 1841954861
Floorboard George Gastin is part of an insurance scam to wreck a pure white, mint condition '59 Cadillac originally intended for The Big Bopper as a token of an admirer's love. But Floorboard George has other ideas and when he disappears with the car, gangsters and cops are soon in hot pursuit.
On the road, the crazy characters, hitch-hikers and demented preachers he meets provide the high-octane entertainment as George covers many miles - and states of mind - in his quest to find the true spirit of rock 'n' roll.
"In an affectionately satirical tradition that stretches back to Twain, his characters a colourful respite from the blank anomie of modernity. He also happens to write snappier dialogue than anyone this side of Elmore Leonard."
(Scotland on Sunday)
"...A potent mix of bawdy folk-tale, philosophy and principled techno-awareness. Strong threads of humanism work within a fabric of vibrant characters, hillbilly landscapes and cathartic wit."
(Dazed and Confused)
(Price & availability last checked: December 2018)