Allie Slayton might be a feminist detective, but the situation he faces in Mamba In A Basket forces him to make use of all the dark skills he learned as a Vietnam veteran and former college football player. An ancient African woman brings a body part to his office in North Philadelphia and commands him to find the rest of the anatomy. Sickened, he immediately gets the police involved, who suspect him of cannibalism. He's hopelessly in love with his former wife, a health-food store owner, and he is the farthest thing from a cannibal, but circumstances force him out of his self-protective shell and into a hell on earth involving a mad antagonist who considers human flesh a delicacy and hopes Slayton will be his next victim. Mamba-Bo is a sick cultist with hypnotic powers and followers who do whatever unappetizing things he commands them to do. Set in Philadelphia and the country setting near New Hope, Pennsylvania, Mamba In A Basket tests Slayton and all his pacifist, philosophic powers to their limits. The story very nearly consumes him, literally.
About the Author
Carl Reader trained as a journalist at Temple University and has worked as a reporter, photographer and editor in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Montana. He's published short stories in literary magazines and on the Internet and has self-published a children's Christmas story called THE TWELFTH ELF OF KINDNESS.That book was partially published in Russia under the Sister Cities program. He's also self-published a novella called THE PERSECUTION OF WILLIAM PENN, which has been well-received in several college libraries. He works as a professional photographer and freelance writer.