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First -- it's not a cookbook! It's a novel that has: careful spelling and English grammar, real characters and a plot. It's a story of thoughtful ideas that is fun to read. ------------------- Synopsis of “The Loose Meat Sandwich King of Hamtramck”
Terry Starko is heading back to Detroit, the hometown he fled as soon as the diploma hit his hand. He’s desperate enough to think a job in Detroit would be a step up. His life went into reset: his cushy job was outsourced, the bank wants his picket-fenced house, and he’s estranged from his wife and kids. Even his Permanent Record is gone. The schools he attended are vacant and boarded up. Terry’s one chance to get his life back is to nail this job interview.
But Detroit holds another obstacle to reclaiming his identity. Somebody there is already using it.
Johnny Senkiw is not only using it, but thriving with it. As Terry he’s writing novels, selling Chernobyl Tonic Water to old babushka ladies, and building a chain of restaurants featuring the Loose Meat Sandwich, somehow staying one step ahead of the Greek Restaurant Owners Association and the Michigan State Police. The only downside is that Johnny has just turned up dead.
Johnny is not exactly a stranger to Terry. They first met in 5th grade, at Mary and Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Grade School, deep in the mish-mosh of run-down ethnic neighborhoods known as Hamtramck, Michigan. Terry was the straight-A student, Johnny the class clown who couldn’t help taking things a too far. Over the years Johnny kept snagging him into schemes, like fomenting a mutiny between the coach and their high school basketball team, or smuggling beer from Iowa to sell to Detroit street gangs. Johnny had big ideas, usually leading to big trouble.
The job interview is shoved to the back burner as Terry gets sidetracked by the demands of the State Police, his mail order bride step-mother, and a drug dealing former next door neighbor (not to mention a hostage situation down at the old Ukrainian church.) Big bucks of uncertain origin, guns, double-dealing literary agents, strippers running for political office, and a garage band singing about Richard Nixon make for just another typical long weekend in the Motor City. Terry finds inspiration in the survivors of the town he thought he was too good for. He tells us, “Detroit is a place where horrible things keep happening to people all the time, and they somehow figure out a way to keep going anyway.”
Too dark? Serious, maybe, but readers have called it “heart-warming,” “funny,” and “nostalgic.” I hope this whets your interest in the having a copy....more