Bobby Denise Is Reigning Rampant

The darkly comic story of a retired Las Vegas stage magician and big cat enthusiast, dragged back into the spotlight by the consequences of one huge mistake.  

Bobby Denise feels no guilt for what he did. In 1985, one of the best stage magicians in Las Vegas ended his career in front of a horrified paying audience. When Dusty, his prized white tiger, mauled and killed an audience member during a sold-out show, Bobby Denise did something awful that he’s been trying to live with ever since. Incensed, heartbroken, distraught and irrational, Bobby took vengeance on his manager, Leo, in the most brutal way possible. 31 years later, Bobby is back: out of jail, out of friends, out of everything. 

Only by reinventing himself can he truly lay the past to rest...

About the author

Daniel Ross is a music journalist and writer. He was the digital managing editor for Classic FM and Smooth Radio, and his freelance work has appeared in BBC Music, The Quietus, The Fly, Rolling Stone and the Evening Standard. He’s the author of Classic FM Handy Guides: Video Game Music and the co-author of Charting The Classics: Classical Music in Diagrams.

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Why We Like It

  • A compelling journey through the lower echelons of celebrity and the grim reality of falling from grace.
  • An alluring cast of over-reaching has-been magicians and deluded hangers-on.
  • Bobby Denise's story is uncomfortably funny and takes place in a reality that's only very slightly heightened…

Daniel Ross

Daniel Ross is a music journalist and writer. He was the digital managing editor for Classic FM and Smooth Radio, and his freelance work has appeared in BBC Music, The Quietus, The Fly, Rolling Stone and the Evening Standard. He’s the author of Classic FM Handy Guides: Video Game Music and the co-author of Charting The Classics: Classical Music in Diagrams. He’s also worked as a music researcher for BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood.

His first short story was published in the F(r)iction literary journal in 2015. Bobby Denise is Reigning Rampant was expanded from this short story, and is his first novel.

He lives in Bristol with his wife and their cat.

Follow Daniel on Instagram and Twitter.

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