Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

Read For:
Ryob Challenge
What's In A Name Challenge
A to Z Challenge

Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the Constitution of the United States, but not the one we all know about. This would be the real Constitution (the one with invisible amendments) created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fallback for their great experiment. Along the way, McGill gains a polyamorous sidekick named Trix, gets scared to death by what men do with warm salty water, and descends into a world where crime, sex, and madness all seem to be the same thing.

Full of mind-bending style and packed with a wild cast of characters, Crooked Little Vein infuses Robert B. Parker with Kurt Vonnegut and the madness of the graphic-novel world. A surprisingly surreal treat, it will appeal to hardcore comic fans, mystery aficionados, and all readers looking for a riotous summer reading adventure

My review:

How to review this book-hmm. a wild, sick twisted ride-part hard edge mystery, part social satire and scathing parody of our political system. In turns laugh out loud funny and sickening. Not for the feint of heart. Funny but doesn't stick with you. If you like hardboiled or cyberpunk stuff you might like this.

3 stars

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