by Butch Mandatta Ponzio
Lucky’s Dream is that tale told as a fast-paced mystery written in the American tradition of a dime store crime novel. As such it entertains and titillates, yet unexpectedly moves to deeper levels through a series of related myths mysteriously woven into the story.
It begins on the night investigator Jimmy St. John is seduced by his married boss, Public Defender Diane Ashley-Warner. When their affair suddenly goes awry, Jimmy flees her home in humiliation, driving blindly through the first snowstorm of the season. Moments after deciding to disappear from his life, Jimmy discovers a wrecked sheriff’s car from which he rescues Lucky, his bizarre new homicide client who speaks in whispers or howls like a dog. Jimmy suspects that the police may have tortured Lucky, branding him with what looks like a crude symbol. Compelled by legal ethics to return Lucky to his suspected tormentors, Jimmy chooses instead to help him escape, thereby becoming a fugitive himself.
Accompanying them on their unlawful flight from Vermont is Jimmy’s closest friend Odysea, who has asked for help in reaching the deathbed of her first woman lover. During their three-day road trip to the Hill Country of Texas, Odysea urges Jimmy to reveal a long-held secret, and thereby to heal himself. In the end they each share their secret torments, providing insider looks into such diverse subcultures as sixties revolutionaries, nineties lap dancers, millennial lesbians.
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