Vanderville is a novel set in a brainless metropolis beset by the twin evils of the world's most nefarious think tank, and runaway nanotechnology. Though maybe not run away quite far enough from the golden age of Fifties era marshmallow-cheese glop cuisine.
When loveable tea merchant Jessica Endicott is accused of murder, the Brazier Institute is suspected of complicity. Only a handful of misfits stand between the Institute and the destruction of Vanderville--and some question if they should really bother.
The Terrible Bridges of West Woodrow
Bronco and Julia stumble into the worst temp agency on the planet
Rogatien is obliged to drive over the Jumping Jack Bridge, so named for its 'alternate' building material
Jacob in the Great Muck
Jacob's cozy breakfast is disturbed by a Pre-Cambrian explosion
The Bilious Billiards of George Fitzgerald
George outlines his world domination scheme over a murderous game of snooker
Just Another Day on the Grind
Rogatien's daily duel with mortality just shopping on Vanderville's coolest street
Caffeine: a Life, by Vanessa, Unrepentant Addict
The pressures of the case drives Vanessa into total Starbucks obliteration
True Confessions of a Serial Kayaker
How a lonely toll-booth attendant turned young men's fancy to a frothy, gurgling doom.
The Island that Should not Be
How a drunken Scot's legacy gave rise to a glow-in-the-dark tourist trap with death behind every latte
Why You Should Never Park Your Car at an Art School
Leaving your 70's Camaro unlocked is an open invitation to a crazed bazooka-brandishing artist with unresolved issues
Giovanni da Pizzaria
Not tremendously successful artist George Barrymore moves on to an equally doomed career in the world of Academia, not without the well-meaning, but catastrophic help of his neurotic genius of a girlfriend, Eva Raikonnen.
Meanwhile, in the remote Tuscan hilltown of San Lasagna, Father Michele fights to preserve the beauty of his ancient, but strangely cursed city against the corporate might of LomoCromo, the one stop, one slop Total Restoration Experience.
When the paths of George, Eva, Father Michele and the mysterious Giovanni da Pizzaria meet, they must join forces not only to save themselves, but history itself.