"Pranksters, Hooligans, and Big Lizards - An intense and suspenseful yet insightful comic work of fiction set in present-day North Carolina - Life is full of unexpected and unlikely situations, from unlikely occupations, mismatched couples to strange behavior. Sven and Ariella are newlyweds who find their career paths leading them to Charlotte, North Carolina where Buford, Ariella’s mysterious cousin and prankster is hiding under an alias. At the same time, Ariella’s parents each find their own peculiar callings in the city. In their move to Charlotte, the parents are accompanied by some strange yet comical figures with ambitions of their own, one of whom is a career criminal with a dangerous past and who runs a secret organization.It is the ""hooligan"" with the criminal past that ultimately becomes the first victim of two murders. To add to the suspense,the police learn that they have been foiled and have the wrong suspect in custody. Later on, after the second murder takes place,the authorities are baffled in their efforts to determine if the two murders are in any way related.By a strange sequence of events, ""prankster"" Buford finds himself at the scenes of both murders. In the midst of these violent acts, there is also a mystery surrounding two large lizards. Buford finds he may very well have met his match and finally be forced to retire – or maybe he has just found a new partner in pranksterdom and the woman of his dreams.Sven and Ariella provide commentary on the unfolding events but in the process, they reveal hypocrisies about themselves. Each have their own perspective – Sven proclaims to be a devout man of faith but Ariella prides herself on being a nonbeliever. But it is Ariella’s hysterically odd grandmother Annabelle, a kind of all-knowing oracle with the wisdom of the ages, who has connections everywhere and knows almost everyone’s secrets in this wild contemporary comedy/mystery."