Press Release: Comedic crime novel has readers abuzz
Senseless Confidential, by Oregon author Martin Bannon, is a laugh-out-loud romp through a dozen local communities
Clackamas, Oregon — August 1, 2012 — Over six dozen copies have already been sold to Oregon readers, but the novel Senseless Confidential (300 pages, $14.99 in print, ISBN-13: 978-0615639574; $3.99 ebook, ISBN-13: 978-1452439860) by Damascus, Oregon, author Martin Bannon wasn’t officially released until today. When Bannon decided to make prerelease copies of the offbeat crime novel available at local festivals in advance of its release on Amazon and in bookstores, he set off a chain reaction even he didn’t foresee. Demand for the book was immediate. Brightwood resident Laura Peterson and Damascus resident Carol Boehm both loved the book so much that they collectively purchased more than twenty additional copies to give to friends.
“It’s hysterical, I couldn’t wait to share it with my friends!” enthuses Peterson, who was instrumental in setting up a book-reading and -signing event at the Wyeast Book Shoppe and Art Gallery in Wemme (67195 E Highway 26, Suite A), located next door to the Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room where Peterson is a server. Bookseller Sandra Palmer, owner of Wyeast and one of the friends for whom Peterson bought the book, met with Bannon and scheduled the reading for Friday, August 17, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.
Portland screenwriter Holly Bernabe also raves about the neo-noir comedy. “Senseless Confidential is written by a guy who obviously knows how to write a book. The book is written in first person, and the narrator is absolutely hysterical. Nick’s musings are like a commentary on the human condition. Bannon has a keen eye and his vivid descriptions really make you feel like you are there. The characters are believable, full of human flaws and frailty.”
In the meantime, Bannon has been busy fulfilling the requests of other locals who’ve gotten their hands on the buzzworthy book. Kacey Teel, owner of two area coffeehouses, Milwaukie Grind in Ardenwald, and the ever-popular 24-hour Southeast Grind at 1223 SE Powell Boulevard in Portland, met the author at the Last Thursday street fair on NE Alberta Street in June. She wasted no time in asking Bannon to arrange a reading and signing event at her Powell location. That one is scheduled for this Friday, August 3, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.
Bannon, who plans to travel the state promoting the novel, has already been selling and signing early copies of the book at other local events as well, from the Wilsonville Festival of the Arts in June to the more recent Fourth Annual Northwest Book Festival last weekend at Pioneer Courthouse Square. He has been interviewed by local news outlets large and small, from the Oregonian to the Molalla Pioneer, and is scheduled to appear on the local-access television program “The Authors Forum” in September. Senseless Confidential is also slated to be reviewed in the Portland Book Review’s September issue. Dan Bosserman, acting editor of the East County Gazette, calls the neo-noir novel a “damn good read.” He worries about sharing it with some of his friends, due to the protagonist’s fondness for colorful language, but insists, “It’s still a damn good read!”
The novel’s fictional narrator, Nick Prince, is a disgruntled employee of the U.S. “Senseless” Bureau, a vocation he shares with the author, a part-time Census interviewer. Prince introduces readers to Clackamas County communities from Sandy to Boring to Brightwood as he attempts to persuade reluctant residents to complete government mandated interviews, but is often rebuffed by colorful characters. Much of the book’s action takes place at a fictional polygamist compound in the real-life community of Elwood, between Estacada and Colton. The story’s climatic chase scene, alluded to by the book’s attention-grabbing cover image, takes place on bicycles in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
The Villebois Book Club, one of whose members discovered Senseless Confidential at the Wilsonville festival, has scheduled it as one of their summer reads. They’ve invited the author to visit the book group in September to entertain questions. Gladstone resident Libbie Wentz highly recommends the read. “I totally enjoyed this book. Bannon’s dark humor reminded me of Carl Hiaasen,” she says.
Many readers will no doubt relate to the government bureaucracy Bannon nails so succinctly and with such humor. His narrator lays bare the senseless and self-defeating government rules that often leave citizens perplexed and frustrated. While locals have particular reason to revel in the familiarity of the novel’s setting, readers in other states don’t appear to be missing out on any of the fun.
“Martin Bannon truly writes his way across the entire human spectrum with this riveting and hilarious book. Consider this to be a summer reading must,” says Grace Tippetts of Utah. “So much healing laughter and entertainment in the same story. I loved it!”
Florida resident Darcia Helle; author of crime thrillers The Cutting Edge, Enemies and Playmates, and Hit List; had this to say about Senseless Confidential: “I am a sucker for compelling characters and Senseless is filled with them. No one here is perfect or predictable. I was hooked from the opening sentence.”
In addition to being available at the author’s website (martinbannon.com), Senseless Confidential is also available on Amazon (http://bit.ly/AmzSense) in print and Kindle formats. Ebook readers will also find it in all digital formats at Smashwords (http://bit.ly/SmashSense). It can also be ordered through most independent bookstores.