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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The White Flamingo by James A. Newman

TITLE: The White Flamingo
AUTHOR: James A. Newman

Coming soon to a reservoir or lake near you.

Third in the Joe Dylan Saga.

FUN CITY is run by corrupt officials and respectable gangsters wallowing in luxury mansions in the hills above the harbor, the beach, and the neon jungle below.

When vice worker TAMMY is found mutilated on top of a pool table, an effete pervert and son to the 1970s pin-up beauty queen once known as the White Flamingo is locked up.

Can detective JOE DYLAN shake the monkey off his back and find THE KILLER before he becomes one of the casualties?

THE WHITE FLAMINGO is a break-neck-fast-neo-noir-thriller from beak to tail.

Flamingos are pink or orange or white depending on what they eat. Flamingos eat algae and crustaceans that contain pigments called carotenoids. For the most part, these pigments are found in the brine shrimp and blue-green algae that the birds eat. Enzymes in the liver break down the carotenoids into the pink and orange pigment molecules deposited in the feathers, bill, and legs of the flamingos. Flamingos that eat mostly algae are more deeply colored than birds that eat the small animals that feed off of algae. Captive flamingos are feed a special diet that includes prawns (a pigmented crustacean) or additives such as beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, otherwise they would be white or pale pink. Young flamingos have gray plumage that changes color according to their diet. People eat foods containing carotenoids, too. Examples include beta-carotene in carrots and lycopene in watermelon, but most people do not eat enough of these compounds to affect their skin color.


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