Easy, too easy with Phillip Depoy

Phillip Depoy is an American author of nonfiction and fiction books who started writing half a century ago. The Atlanta baser Novelist and playwright figure has published short fiction, poetry, and criticism in wide range of platforms. With 73 years of experience in show business, Depoy is mostly celebrated for his ‘Flap Tucker’ and ‘Fever Devilin’ mystery novels. DePoy has written 15 novels and scored or written 37 plays that have seen production throughout the United States. He has also composed the scores for the regional Angels in America and other productions and has played in a number of jazz and folk bands.
Depoy served as Artistic Director for Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit when it achieved national fame for such acclaimed work as Beowulf, Appalachian Christmas (which he wrote), Hamlet The Musical (for which he wrote the music), and the first new translation of NO EXIT since its original English version. His play Appalachian Christmas Homecoming saw its fiftieth national production in 2015. Review of his work appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, American Theatre, and London’s Plays and Players. Locally commissioned plays include Turned Funny, Christmas at Sweet Apple and Stealing Dixie. His new series came out in 2016, which features Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe in A Prisoner in Malta.
Depoy began writing poetry at the age of 14. In his early years, His love for composition and folklore have taken him throughout the south. DePoy began studying country culture in 1969 as a folklorist and a graduate student at Georgia State University. He traveled to the Georgian mountains to document vanishing folk music, carrying along a primitive Wollensak tape recorder and an early camcorder as big as a television. The result is his earliest non-fiction ‘Messages from Beyond’. During the 1980s he was composer in residence for the Academy Theatre; in the 1990s he served as Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit and composed music for such Alliance Theatre productions as Angels in America, A Man for All Seasons, The Seagull and Dancing at Lughnasa. He has also been the director of two university theater programs. Mr. DePoy is deliriously married to playwright Lee Nowell.
But he did not write his first novel until 1980s. His first novel ‘Easy’ earned him EDGAR award for best mystery play in the country. Easy, a Dell mystery novel was first of his ‘Flap Tucker’ series in 1997 and by 2000, 5 books of the series were published. The series is based on Flap Tucker, a finder of lost things, and a private investigator who calls himself, ‘Finder of things’. Flap’s daily life encircles many spiritual and mystical beliefs which gives birth to many bizarre coincidences and connections, ultimately creating the progression within the story. Depoy’s with his masterful writing makes it all believable.
In Easy, the story opens up with a dead drag queen found to be struggling to get in a pentagram and Flap is determined to find the wife of one of Atlanta’s rich, Loony Lenny. But the too simple life of Loony Lenny raises the possibility that he does not really have a wife. Maybe he is just only imagining her. As story drives deep, we come to know about and his ex-wife and how they met each other and also how Flap met his life-long friend, Dalliance Oglethorpe (Dally)-who owns a bar called Easy. Flap is a kind of Zen detective and his cohort is Dally who spurs him on.
Loony Lenny’s case occurs at the same time when two necked dancers are found dead in the trunk of a Blue Buick. Flap is also asked to uncover the truth behind the devil man or demon who is terrorizing the proprietor of a local Asian restaurant. With a trawl for clues and answers to some of the strange things going on in the city, the incidences converges with the underline theme of the story-karma and Tao.
Easy is still called the best regional detective fiction on the market today.
Too Easy, the second book of Flap Tucker series was a Shamus Award finalist and an off-the-wall mystery with endearing and exceptional characters. The book held onto the reputation of Flap Tucker and turned out to be just as good as the first book. In Too Easy, Flap and Dally set off on a new mystery to find the Turner twins and Lydia, a widow. The story setting is in a small town of the Deep South where everybody knows everybody and Flap is distantly connected. People in town, all know his crazy grandmother who raised him. Flap Enters into a world of gnarled kinships, family secrets, drugs and dirty money, not to mention corrupt cops and rival families. The story builds up as the Zen private eye is pursues ‘a story stranger than fiction, a killer closer than he thinks, and some dangerous ghosts of his own’.
The other three books of the Flap Tucker series are: Easy as one, two, three; dancing made easy and dead easy.
Phillip Dupoy another magnum opus Fever Devilin mystery novels are also being termed as ‘the best regional fiction being written in America today.’ Influenced by his earlier encounter with folklores, the protagonist of novel Fever Devilin, is an ex-academic with a complicated past and an unusual view of the world. A folklorist by training, he’s returned to his family home in Blue Mountain, a small town in the heart of Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains, where nothing is ever quite what it seems, and the past is always complicated. The seventh book of the series came out in 2013.
DePoy now serves as the director of the theatre program at Clayton State University and he lives in Decatur, Georgia. As always, DePoy has multiple projects brewing. He now focuses on telling ancient stories in a new way. He received Lifetime Achievement Award at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2016.

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