Caught between rising fuel costs and tight economic times, many avid RV devotees feel they can no longer enjoy their passion for camping and the open road. In his new crime novel, “Towed in a Hole,” Hollywood writer and director Lawrence Chance offers both RV enthusiasts and mystery-lovers alike a way to drive vicariously and in luxury with the savviest RV owner around-protagonist, detective and knight-errant of the American road, Raymond Cid, according to a news release.

The world of the RV aficionado is a unique and important part of Chance’s new mystery. As a gumshoe for the 21st century, Cid powers up his super-charged RV and hits the road with his Cockney ex-financier sidekick to find a vanished RV lawyer, confront deadly villains and even find romance.

As Cid battles the bad guys and courts a blonde bombshell deputy, he begins to uncover a conspiracy that goes beyond the case he is investigating, exposing corrupt forces that are willing to kill to keep their dark deeds secret. While Cid and his deluxe land yacht navigate America’s highways from his base outside Las Vegas, they travel by way of Missoula, Mont. to visit the RV manufacturing capitol of Elkhart, Ind., (where President Barack Obama recently highlighted the RV industry’s current economic issues).

With a nod to the first-person, hard-boiled private eye mysteries of the 1930s and ’40s and a wry, observational sense of humor, Chance works to revive the genre by setting it on 10 big wheels and in modern times. Chance wrote “Towed in a Hole” to entertainingly introduce the RV world to neophytes and reveal a fresh side to those already hooked.

“I wrote the book as a fun mystery, pure and simple, but the ‘therapeutic’ aspects for RV’ers in financially-imposed ‘withdrawal’ are very real. RV owners who’ve read the book are writing to me to thank me for giving them their RV ‘fix’ in print for a lot less than a tank full of diesel,” states Chance.

For more information or to request a free review copy, members of the press can contact the author’s representative at [email protected]. “Towed in a Hole” is available for sale online at Amazon.com in both print and Kindle versions, at BookSurge.com and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

Chance has written and directed books, plays, musicals, movies and network television sitcoms. He has written for both Hollywood and the food, wine and hospitality industries. Currently, he is working on a sequel to “Towed in a Hole” and is running a family publishing company, Chance Books.