The Dave Store MassacreeBook - 2011
The Dave Store is quite possibly the greatest retail enterprise in American history. Selling everything from lawnmowers to Pop Tarts to wine-cask-sized jars of dill pickles, the Dave Store does not just dominate the retail market it is the retail market. That is, until an employee at an outlet in small-town Jackson, Missouri launches a wildcat strike. Then company owner Dave Blandine, a retail legend known for merciless cost cutting and a glass eye the size of a doorknob, decides to take a stand against organized labor. He sends his half-witted son and heir, along with the megalomaniacal head of a security company and nine heavily armed agents to quell the unrest. They are met by Jackson's sharp-as-a-blade lady mayor, and its laconic, marijuana-smoking police chief who is famous for his two-gunned marksmanship. Standing between these antagonists is the Dave Store's local manager, a sycophantic nebbish with a penchant for Byronic poetry, and his wife, a 15-year-old girl in a 25-year-oldwoman's body. As the strike deteriorates, both sides reach for their guns. In addition, the town moves inexorably toward mass murder. However, cheer up. It is a comedy. Loosely based on the story of the Matewan massacre--the 1920 shoot-out between striking coal miners and armed strikebreakers in small-town West Virginia--The Dave Store Massacre is a satire in an American tradition that extends from Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker to Christopher Buckley and Paul Mooney.
Publisher: [United States] : Chicago Review Press : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource ; cm