Publisher's Weekly reviews MATING SEASON

Mating Season Jon Loomis. Minotaur, $24.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-312-36770-1
Det. Frank Coffin and his partner, Sgt. Lola Winters, look into the stabbing death of notoriously promiscuous dominatrix Kenji Sole, who had a gift for bringing out a man's “inner jerk,” in Loomis's riotous second mystery to feature the Provincetown, Mass., cop (after 2007's High Season). The investigators rattle nearly every skeleton in the official closets of the ultraliberal community as well as a few cages in the state attorney general's office. Between panic attacks and feeling increasingly tuckered out by fervid attempts to get his much younger yoga-instructor lover pregnant, Coffin confronts a number of life's real tragedies—in particular, the wish of his Alzheimer's-stricken mother to die. Such serious concerns lend depth to a black comedy full of raunchy vocabulary and kinky sexuality. Loomis appears to enjoy shock effects too much for their own sake, but he's definitely a writer to watch given his knack for illuminating human nature. (May)


Shock effects? Me?

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Comment by Jon Loomis on March 11, 2009 at 2:51am
Eric--the next one will be Hurricane Season, assuming I can reach an agreement with SM/M; it's still up in the air a bit. After that I'm thinking Bear Season and Fire Season. The last one will be Flood Season, in which P'town's inundated by rising sea levels. Fun!
Comment by Jon Loomis on March 11, 2009 at 2:49am
Thanks, Dana. I've actually gone back to the book to see if I can figure out what the reviewer's talking about: none of it seems all that shocking to me.
Comment by Eric Christopherson on March 11, 2009 at 2:48am
Haven't read a Provincetown-based book since Tough Guys Don't Dance, but I think I'll try this one.

PS: After High Season and Mating Season, keeping the title pattern going must be a challenge. What's next? (Maybe Rimbaud's "A Season in Hell" would work for the right story. )
Comment by Dana King on March 11, 2009 at 2:35am
I've been to Provincetown. There's a lot of human nature that can be illuminated there, and Jon and his shock effects is just the guy to do it.

Good luck, John. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Comment by Jon Loomis on March 10, 2009 at 8:46am
Thanks, I.J.
Comment by I. J. Parker on March 10, 2009 at 7:14am
"Illuminating human nature"! That's the part I like. Congratulations, Jon.
Comment by Jon Loomis on March 10, 2009 at 5:12am
Thanks, John! Yep--perfectly fine to crucify a real estate speculator with a nail gun. The funny part is, if the stuff that's discussed in Mating Season happened in real life, it would be the most vanilla sex anyone had in P'town that day. The reviewer clearly hasn't been there.
Comment by John McFetridge on March 10, 2009 at 5:05am
Great idea to rattle skeletons in an "ultraliberal community." I'm looking forward to this one, High Season is awfully good. No shock effects there ;)
Comment by Jon Loomis on March 10, 2009 at 4:57am
Mention a strap-on dildo 357 times and they start clutching their pearls.
Comment by Pepper Smith on March 10, 2009 at 4:41am
LOL! Look like you gotta watch out for those shock effects.

Great review! Congratulations!

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