A Comic who decides to write a thriller is setting himself off as a fall guy. Steve Sabo is a comic who wrote a thriller and landed on both feet with a flourish.

Jester’s Run begins with the cliche stand-up comic, here Joey King, gets STD from fan met after the show. Unfortunately is the fan escaped from a government lab carrying a nasty and very transmittable disease. Things happen and comic Joey King finds himself on the run from some very nasty government black ops members who want to bring him back to the secret lab and experiment on him.

This is where Jester’s Run really stands out. Joey King asks his comedy buddies to take his credit cards and use them across the country to spread false clues as to his whereabouts. This drives head black ops operator Mark batshit.

The disease hones Joey’s skills to the point he becomes a headliner instead of a good middle act. This, in the comedy world, is gold. It also allows Joey King to have another encounter or two and spread the disease. For better or for worse. Talk about Typhoid Comic. This also leads to the one jarring, not quite with the logic of the thriller moment.

The work Mark does to track Joey and the lengths to which Joey goes to stay off the radar are quite interesting. Of course, no headliner can stay out of the spotlight for very long. Especially when his hormones convince the crowd he is the funniest thing since God

The conclusion is interesting and I am not going to spoil it for you.

What makes Steve Sabo’s Jester’s Run really original is Sabo is a stand-up comic so he knows what he is talking about. The insight into the comedy world is fascinating. I do think more could have been done with that ans I am very curious about that world.

Sabo can also write and write very well. Only 321 pages long, Jesterès Run is a very economical work of fiction where nothing is wasted.

I only hope Steve Sabo continues writing thrillers and I sure as hell look forward to the next one.

Jester’s run would make one hell of a movie starring … Steve Sabo of course.

Jester’s Run
Steve Sabo
Independently Published 2021
321 pages

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