Bernard Walker, the eccentric founder of a video game startup, has his life put on hold when the police fail to deal with a grisly murder, so he tries using his company's video game technology to solve the horrible crime. "Flying the Coop: The Video Game Mystery Novel" pits video game... read more
Bernard Walker has three loves in life: eating, playing video games, and the million-dollar beachfront view at the home he has just moved into. Life is good for Bernard, who has just completed a $120 million funding for his video game startup, OffCide Studios, maker of the popular video game... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Bernard Walker has three loves in life: eating, playing video games, and the million-dollar beachfront view at the home he has just moved into. Life is good for Bernard, who has just completed a $120 million funding for his video game startup, OffCide Studios, maker of the popular video game "Murder Mystery: The Case of the Cleavered Clerk"
But Bernard's cozy world comes apart when a grisly murder is committed nearby, and he himself becomes one of the suspects. When police fail to solve the case, Bernard goes to work on it, employing his company's video game technology in an effort that challenges the political landscape of the beachside community and drives up revenue at the local minimart, which happens to sell the very delicious Hellfire Jalapeno Hot Dogs.
Oh, and along with video games, Bernard also champions holding the mustard.
“A glob of marinara sauce oozed down onto an open Snickers bar on Bernard’s chest as he bit into his third meatball sandwich.”
“Back by the truck he saw two workers carrying a statue of a nude Padme Amidala, mother of Star Wars’ Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker. And to his horror he followed the yards of very entertained faces to the bottom of the stairwell, where two workers were carrying a life-sized model of a nude Princess Leia herself, a royal statue that proudly pronounced her femininity in startling anatomical detail to the amused onlookers.Bernard turned very red.”
“Her thick shoulder-length hair seemed to grow so as to defy actual brushing, her nose bent in a way that was fantastically cute, and her taste in clothes would have been deemed conservative on “Little House on the Prairie.””
““Meat cleavers don’t kill people; people kill people, heh-heh …” the officer joked, meeting a blank stare. “Uh, a little police humor there. Um … But why would the couple kill this man?””Police Sergeant Bill Peterson
“Only his engineers could reach him, and that was in the virtual worlds of several Internet video games they knew he would be playing. It would take them only a matter of time to figure out which player was Bernard — usually because he stood out by beating everyone. Then surprised virtual onlookers would see some giant combat soldier armed with automatic rifles and handfuls of grenades approaching a knight in battle armor with ray guns in each hand, and the soldier would look at the knight with death in his eyes and say something like: “You didn’t answer my email.””
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