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Burned-out private dick Michael McGill needs to jump-start his career. What he gets instead is a cattle prod to the crotch. The president's heroin-addicted chief of staff wants McGill to find the Constitution—the real one the Founding Fathers secretly devised for the time of gravest crisis. And with God, civility, and Mom's homemade apple pie already dead or dying, that time is now. But McGill has a talent for stumbling into every imaginable depravity—and this case is driving him even deeper into America's darkest, dankest underbelly, toward obscenities that boggle even his mind.

Topics: Crime and Funny

Published: HarperCollins on Mar 17, 2009
ISBN: 9780061740978
List price: $8.99
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genius and funny as hellread more
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Entertaining, comic and vilely disgusting in varying measures - Having read the authors comments I was vaguely apalled that some of the most off colour excesses were reality based rather than fiction and I find myself asking - "Do they really provide Jesus shaped butt plugs in Las Vegas?" - In fact to be frank, prior to reading this I had no idea such a thing as a butt plug even existed....but then I guess you live and learn.read more
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A trivial and deeply unserious pseudo-noir. Sex scenes that pretend to be perverted, but are actually conventional and predictable, and at least one of which is stolen directly from Pasolini's Salo. Halfhearted attempts at political relevance end clumsily, and the entire last half of the novel feels highly rushed.read more
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genius and funny as hell
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Entertaining, comic and vilely disgusting in varying measures - Having read the authors comments I was vaguely apalled that some of the most off colour excesses were reality based rather than fiction and I find myself asking - "Do they really provide Jesus shaped butt plugs in Las Vegas?" - In fact to be frank, prior to reading this I had no idea such a thing as a butt plug even existed....but then I guess you live and learn.
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A trivial and deeply unserious pseudo-noir. Sex scenes that pretend to be perverted, but are actually conventional and predictable, and at least one of which is stolen directly from Pasolini's Salo. Halfhearted attempts at political relevance end clumsily, and the entire last half of the novel feels highly rushed.
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Brilliant; a mystery that defies description and sucks up your life until it's completed. A perfect read for those who need something to tear them away from the computer, but wish their brains, philosophical souls, and their loins stimulated in equal measure. Stop reading my words and start reading Ellis' instead. You'll buy me a bottle of whisky later in thanks for the recommendation. No, I'm serious: buy me the f***ing liquor, you douche bag!
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Wow, was this book disappointing. What should have been Ellis's introduction to the print world became a collection of hey-guys-look-at-this-crazy-shit-I-found-on-the-internet-and-posted-on-my-blog-already, strung together by the thinnest of narratives. There are occasional sentences that smack of the author's way with words, but it's hardly worth the trudge through the rest of the book.
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This one was suggested to me by a friend and when I read the description, I was like, no. Too edgy for me-of-the-weak-stomach. And there were definitely parts that were difficult to stomach! The comedy leans strongly toward the black and sick, but the novel reminds me of Carl Hiaasen - but like more messed up. The humor was similar - if darker - but, in the end, cosmic justice is meted out. The ending is surprising, and not just for its (relative) happiness. I liked it a lot, and I have suggested it to a few others. I will definitely try some of Ellis's graphic novels - probably.
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