June 08, 2009
Shameless Commerce Department: Autoerotic Asphyxia

The circumstances of David Carradine’s death in a Bangkok hotel closet seemed more unusual than they were. I learned about the prevalence of autoerotic asphyxia while doing research for my second Tom Bethany mystery, Strangle Hold.

Steve Russell, a judge and a professor of criminal justice, tells you all you probably need to know about the phenomenon at The Rag Blog. Or you could do what I did, and dig up a copy of Autoerotic Fatalities, by Hazelwood, Dietz and Burgess.

Or, best of all, buy a copy of Strangle Hold and educate yourself the painless way. From the reviews:

Through his Tom Bethany character, a private investigator with no clear clientele, but an intense focus on righting wrongs, Doolittle lets readers know immediately — NO, NOW! — what’s wrong with bureaucrats, lots of businessmen, some cops, lawyers and many others whose very existence makes others suffer. And, oh, yeah. Lots of Republicans.

And…

Great Characters, I laughed out loud at “The Hocker.” One of the best. Do read as soon as possible. Like all his books catches you on page one, and then the squeeze is on. Thankfully back in print.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 08, 2009 11:56 AM
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Interesting stuff. A note though, Steve Russell's piece is at The Rag Blog (http://theragblog.blogspot.com/), not "The Rant." Keep up the good work.

Thorne Dreyer

Posted by: tdreyer on June 8, 2009 3:20 PM

Sorry, Thorne. Rag, rant, I don't know what got into me. It's fixed now.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on June 8, 2009 8:53 PM

And here I thought my first editions would fund my retirement.

On the bright side, may I suggest the complete set of Tom Bethanys as a perfect Father's Day present?

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on June 9, 2009 7:05 AM

Of all the characters in the book, I thought the way Tom handled Myron was the most enjoyable of all. May all the Myrons of the world receive a similar fate.

Buy the book folks, it's fun.

Posted by: Buck on June 9, 2009 2:44 PM
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