My review of “The Audacity of Dope” by Monte Dutton

Riley Mansfield is a singer-songwriter who enjoys doing living the simple life he’s carved out for himself, playing gigs at small venues and writing songs — some of which have been recorded by big names, the royalties paying the bills. On a small commuter plane flight, Riley foils an attempted bombing, thrusting himself into the national limelight smack-dab in the middle of an presidential election year.

What follows is a series of events that threatens to spin out of control as Riley tries to maintain his privacy and his simple existence while being pulled back and forth by both political parties, which want the endorsement of this reluctant “hero” who stresses he was merely out to save his own skin. To say much more would be to give a lot of this highly original story away.

I picked up “The Audacity of Dope” — make no mistake, there is plenty of drugs and drinking in this tale, which is not for “the kiddes” as the authored has pointed out — with no idea what to expect. I follow Monte Dutton on Twitter and enjoy his NASCAR writings, so hearing he had written a novel it was a no-brainer to me to pick it up for my Kindle.

What I found was a “what-happens-next” story that kept me turning pages late into the night. Part political thriller, part behind the scenes look at the lives of traveling musicians, it was all fun. Having the lyrics for several excellent songs written by “Riley” (Mr. Dutton) included was a real bonus treat.


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