Crime and Humor, according to Tim Maleeny

Any author who writes a book called Boxing the Octopus might know a little bit about crime and humor. Tim Maleeny recently wrote an article for CrimeReads called “The Art of Blending Crime and Humor”. You can find the article here.

Maleeny will be at The Poisoned Pen on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 PM to talk about his latest release, Boxing the Octopus. You can order a signed copy through the Web Store.

Here’s the description of Boxing the Octopus.

If you’re gonna box an octopus, best bring some extra arms

At the height of tourist season, an armored car drives off a crowded pier and sinks to the bottom of San Francisco Bay. By the time divers find the wreck, the cash is gone and the driver has vanished. The police are convinced it’s an inside job, but local merchant Vera Young, whose boyfriend drove the armored car, claims it was much more than a simple heist.

Vera swears the missing driver is innocent and wants him found before the police can throw him in jail. Private investigator Cape Weathers reluctantly takes the case but warns Vera that her boyfriend is likely guilty-or dead. What starts as a manhunt uncovers a criminal conspiracy of money laundering, illegal drug testing, and a network of corporations willing to do anything to protect their stock price. It’s a case that Cape can’t get his arms around, and his relationship with Vera is getting complicated while the list of people who want him dead is getting longer.

Boxing The Octopus┬áis a runaway tour of San Francisco’s underworld which reminds us that when things get out of hand, having eight arms is always better than two.


On Tuesday, November 5, Tim Maleeny will be joined by Michael Stanley and four authors from Australia – Sulari Gentill, Robert Gott, Jock Serong, and Ema Viskic. It’s a special opportunity because the Australian authors received a grant to do a short tour of the U.S. You might want to consider an evening at The Poisoned Pen.