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“What is with you lately?” Lenny’s wife would like to know. “You’ve been acting like everything is one big joke.”

And it’s true - unemployed TV writer Lenny Sullivan has been having trouble seeing his life and times as anything more than fodder for edgy wisecracks. But when he bolts to Key West to refresh his lighter side, things suddenly turn serious. Well, sort of serious. A bullying businessman in league with a pair of bumbling mobsters is plotting to burn down his best friend’s struggling comedy club. The pill-popping star of his last best chance at a hit show is under a death threat from a very sore loser in a love triangle. And Lenny’s staunchest ally in the fight to keep the club, the star, and the laughs alive happens to be a 90-something named Bert the Shirt. Fortunately, Bert has a soft spot for comedians and is the savviest if not the most grammatical guy in town....

Deftly balancing suspense and humor, mayhem and romance, Key West color and showbiz glitz, One Big Joke uproariously entertains while making a sly but impassioned argument for the saving grace of comedy in tough times.

©2018 Laurence Shames (P)2018 Laurence Shames

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  • Pale Fire Press
  • 19-02-18

Shames Just Gets Better!

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A profoundly hilarious audiobook brimming with all the things Laurence Shames fans have come to expect—a deftly crafted story, achingly human characters, and boatloads of Key West charm.

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  • L. Satterfield
  • 23-03-18

Love Laurence Shames (& Burt the Shirt of course!)

eat author. Something for everybody from mob bosses to Chihuahua lovers to strong women finding their strides. I hope Larry never stops telling these wonderful stories because I enjoy them so very much.

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  • Timothy Masters
  • 06-07-21

An exciting, hilarious masterpiece

Laurence Shames is one of my all-time favorite authors, one of those rare writers who not only writes excellent books, but also writes great individual sentences. This and "Virgin Heat' (a mixed drink) are my two favorites by him. And Jem Matzan does a fabulous job of narration. Highly recommended.

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  • ben m.
  • 14-09-18

very shameful, Mr. Shames

I will never buy another one of Laurence Shames books. Too bad you had to bash our president. MAGA!