Title: Final Deadline
Author: Mo Kery
The novel is a satire, a caricature of a mystery set in 1982. Historical allusion and multiple endings lampoon the popular “choose your own adventure” genre of the same period.
The mystery story is of a detective, Truman R. Klutz. The detective is called in after the death of a millionaire industrialist Max Alldon, apparently by an accidental overdose of a prescription medication. But there is one peculiar circumstance. A few days before his death, Max Alldon had contacted his attorney about changing his will. The detective is to conduct a discrete, objective inquiry to satisfy the family attorney Roman Wilde. The question is was it murder, suicide, or accident?
Each ending reflects an “alternate reality” in which different choices and character dynamics lead to different conclusions of the story. Names, places, and endings are each ironic melodrama and a parody to the intense of the murder mystery.