Paul Dogolov, divorced Vietnam War hero and novelist, teaches a writing class in a maximum security prison.
Convinced that one of his students, serving a life sentence for brutal murder, is innocent, he sets out to find the real killer.
The search leads him to a remote, dust-blasted California desert town and a scorpion's nest of bizarre and vicious characters.
The result is a tale of intrigue, corruption, and savage humor, in which Dogolov, through his encounter with the horrific, yet wildly comic, Fat Lady of the title, learns about terror, degradation, and ultimately, love in a funhouse-mirror world where illusion is reality, reality, a chimera. "David Scott Milton is certainly one of the most talented, uncompromising prose writers of his generation, and The Fat Lady Sings is perhaps his best and also most appealing novel." — Peter Bogdanovich