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Publication Order of Anonymous Rex Books

Anonymous Rex (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Casual Rex (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot and Sweaty Rex (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Matchstick Men (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Repossession Mambo (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Materialist (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

City: The Mind in the Machine, Volume 1 (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Eric Garcia
Eric Garcia was born in 1972 and grew up in Miami, Florida, and went to the University of Southern California (majoring in creative writing and film) and Cornell University.

“Matchstick Men” was adapted into a movie directed by Ridley Scott starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell. “The Repossession Mambo” was adapted into a movie called “Repo Men” starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker, which Eric co-wrote with Garrett Lerner.

“The Repossession Mambo” was nominated for a Philip K Dick Award for Best Book in 2009.

“Anonymous Rex” is the first novel in the “Dinosaur Mafia” series and was released in 1999. Vincent Rubio is a Los Angeles private investigator, and down on his luck. His car has been repossessed and he is out of work. His partner up and died under mysterious circumstances. His tail just won’t stay put either, he’s a dinosaur you see. A Velociraptor, to be more precise. It appears that dinosaurs faked their extinction some 65 million years previously and still roam this planet, disguised in their convincing latex costumes which help them blend in more perfectly into human society. Their heightened sense of smell allows the dinos to detect each other, with Vincent having an odor like some tasty Cuban cigar.

Vincent gets called upon to investigate this two-bit case of arson at some hip dino nightclub, he learns something that’s far more sinister, which lures him back to New York City, which is the scene of his partner’s death and this dangerous nexus of human and dinosaur intermingling.

Is Vincent going to solve the mystery of his partner’s death? Is a beautiful blond chanteuse going to learn his real identity jeopardizing both of their lives? Is Vincent going to be able to conquer his dangerous addiction to basil, or just end up in Herbaholics Anonymous? Can he find true love, or just resort to crumpled up issues of Stegolicious?

“Casual Rex” is the second novel in the “Dinosaur Mafia” series and was released in 2001. Vincent Rubio is a private eye, working all of the angles in Los Angeles with Ernie, his partner. They have the typical issues: woman troubles, bills, and bum cases. However being dinosaurs is not a problem to them, just so long as their latex disguises fit properly.

But not all dinosaurs agree with that however. Some have joined this mysterious back-to-basics movement which is led by this beguiling and beautiful Velocirapotr to help dinosaurs find themselves, allow their tails to hang out, and roam around as they truly are. This member of the cult dies under suspicious circumstances, Ernie and Vincent have to investigate, as they simultaneously handle the case of the missing Mussolini the theft of a priceless and rare prosthetic penis that’s treasured in the dinosaur community.

Eric takes readers even deeper into this warped underworld and succeeds in making it all believable. The result is a novel which is just as entertaining and hilarious as it is original.

This novel is a prequel to “Anonymous Rex”, which caused a bit of confusion when readers picked this up and certain characters that were dead in the previous book were alive here in this one.

“Matchstick Men” is the first stand alone novel and was released in 2002. Frankie and Roy are matchstick men, con artists. Partners in these elegant crimes for many years, they know one another like brothers and have perfected the rules of their game.

Roy is the more careful one. Saves every single penny. Takes his medication on a regular basis. Without his pills, his obsessive compulsive disorder kicks in and he’s far too nauseated to do anything more than just stare at the dirt that’s on the carpet.

Frankie, on the other hand, is the more adventurous one, hungry for that big score. He wants Roy to join him in running a tricky game, however Roy’s distracted, and for good reason. Roy has just learned that he is a punky teen daughter’s dad from a short marriage which ended years ago. Much to the frustration of Roy’s partner, this kid wants to get to know her dad better. She also wants to learn the family business.

This is a dazzling literary con game which will keep readers guessing until the final pages, and taking readers into the funny and fast world of grifters with issues.

“Cassandra French’s Finishing School for Boys” is the second stand alone novel and was released in 2004. Sick of those losers that you have been dating? Send them to Cassandra’s and she will have them shaped up in no time at all.

Cassandra is likable, all things considered, even if (at the age of 29) she is a self-involved in-house lawyer for this big movie studio with a bevy of annoying ticks, like assigning herself letter grades in every aspect of her life. But she still generally comes off as well meaning. Doesn’t hurt that Lexi and Claire, her two best friends, are even shallower than she is, so Cassandra’s general lack of interest in work or anything that doesn’t involve finding a man or dealing with her under-house-arrest mom, does not look too bad.

Eric pulls off a pretty amazing sleight-of-hand with this one. Because right when he’s got you settling into a vacuous, forgettable, and glittery read, he drops the bomb. Those “boys” that are in Cassandra’s basement whom she’s running home from the office to feed aren’t dogs and the titular finishing school isn’t some metaphor.

“The Reposession Mambo” is the third stand alone novel and was released in 2009. Thanks to the technological miracle of artiforgs, you can virtually live forever. Nearly indestructible artificial organs, these wonders of plastic and metal are much more reliable and efficient than the fallible kidneys and cancer-prone lungs that you were born with, and the Credit Union is delighted to work out an equitable payment plan. Obviously, should you fall delinquent on payment, one of their dedicated professionals is going to be dispatched to track you down and take their product back.

Here is the story of the making, and unmaking, of the very best Bio-Repo Man in the extraction business, who finds his soul once he loses his heart and then he is forced to run.

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