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Crooked Little Vein: A Novel by Warren Ellis
Review by Drew Bittner
William Morrow Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0060723939
Date: 24 July 2007 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

If Hunter S. Thompson and William S. Burroughs ever got thoroughly trashed and decided to write a road trip/political thriller, Crooked Little Vein might have been the result.

Warren Ellis, best known for his singular, nigh-maniacal take on superheroes (Planetary, The Authority, Nextwave, newuniversal), the near future/posthumanity (Transmetropolitan) and broken men in desperate straits (Fell), delivers up a wacked-out, cracked out vision of America as only a Brit can do.

From official release/information:

Book Description: 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.

(Source: William Morrow)

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