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Rook by Bernie Unrau
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Dr Gum is on a well-deserved holiday in California. While digging for clams in Pismo Beach, he uncovers Bugs Bunny. The disoriented rabbit who realises he did take that wrong turn in Albuquerque asks, 'What's up Doc?' The disgruntled dentist is undergoing a mid life crisis. Bugs cheers him up and suggests he join him in the festivities at the Hearst Castle the following week at a gala dinner. Dr Gum rents a plane and lands at the castle's private airstrip. They meet an 'A' list of animated cartoon characters and ageing legends of the silver screen. The light-hearted merriment soon turns to mayhem following the mysterious death of one of the cartoon characters. The keystone kops are called in to investigate the possibility of a premeditated murder. Many of the socialites, oblivious to the events, simply consider the extended stay during the investigations a generous gesture by the host William 'Harest.' Bugs discovers he is the splitting image of the former billionaire in a painting hanging over the mantle. Each guest in turn discloses their whereabouts at the time of the incident during the delectable extended course culinary event. A bad case of food poisoning? Dr Gum and Bugs team up to solve this strange sordid social event. They slip out of the proceedings to procure desperately needed medication from a nearby town and discover a big missing piece of the perplexing party puzzler upon their return.

Author Biography

Bernie Unrau a dentist and doctor by training, stumbled across a four minute video back in 1989, an interview with the prolific Robin Cook, a physician by training. Cook's mastery of the medical thriller inspired Unrau to embark on a 2nd career. The central character in Unrau's novels, Dr Gum, is part bumbling lieutenant Columbo, part deductive Sherlock Holmes, part Dr. Ryan from Tom Clancy's novels, and part curious Indiana Jones. Unrau brings some of his years as a dentist, lecturer, and inventor to light by engaging in espionage, elucidating an enigma, disclosing a dastardly or diabolical scheme, or dreaming up a formidable frightening future. Unrau currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.
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September 11th, 2008
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