Indigo Slam

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Elvis Cole is relaxing in his posh Los Angeles office, running an inventory of the brand-name labels on his clothes, including his shoulder harness and gun, when three children (all under the age of sixteen) enter his office and hire him to find their missing father.

The father is an itinerant printer who necessarily moves from city to city regularly for new work. However this time he has been gone for eleven days and Cole discovers that the kids have been living alone in the house, with fifteen-year old Teri running the household, shopping, and cooking. She drives them to school each day, but is terrified that Cole or his paramour, Lucy Chenier, will call in social services to throw them into foster homes.

Cole no sooner starts than mysterious events erupt in his face. Tracing the father opens Cole’s life to assault and mayhem by an assortment of psychotics and lawmen.

He and Lucy move the kids from one safe-house to another, always seemingly one step behind the villains, who by now have indicated they would be happy to kill the kids and the father.

One of the kids is kidnapped and the plot begins to race. Trying to keep the boy and his father both alive, Cole resorts to distracting and disarming the hordes of would-be killers, all with different homicidal instincts.

The chase inevitably lands in Disneyland, through the park and into a motel, where a hail of bullets wipe out most of the bad guys, reunites the family, and concludes satisfactorily.