Announcing IMPROBABLE FORTUNES by Jeffrey Price

In Improbable Fortunes, Jeffrey Price takes you on a wild ride into Vanadium, a dusty, down-on-its-heels mining town in southwest Colorado, where it would be fair to assume that nothing has ever happened. But you’d be wrong. As it turns out, quite a lot has happened starting with a suspicious mudslide that destroys the town’s Main Street and the arrest of a cowboy named Buster McCaffrey for killing the richest man in America, Marvin Mallomar.

As the soon-to-retire Sheriff Shep Dudival investigates the circumstances surrounding the murder, it comes to light that Buster and Mallomar’s young wife were having a Cowboy Always Rings Twice affair. From there, Price folds a rococo cast of Vanadium’s characters into a timeline that begins with Vanadium’s post WWII labor strife and ends with the Kulturkampf of present day.

While it may all seem humorous and surreal at first blush, Improbable Fortunes presents an un-guessable conclusion: that Price has used the fictitious town of Vanadium — a place without a recognizable gas station, a decent restaurant, or a clean bathroom — as the Rosetta Stone for something larger…


Jeffrey Price is a screenwriter best known for cowriting Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Grinch, and Shrek III. Seeking the refuge of small-town life, he moved his family from Los Angeles to southwest Colorado.

368 pages978–1–941729–08–36 x 9 in • 24.95 USD/32.50 CDN FICTIONLiteraryFiction/Literature • An Archer Book


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