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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,817 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Warren Ellis Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN: 9781400175611
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Michael McGill is a burned-out private detective who suddenly becomes enlisted by an army of presidential goons to retrieve the real Constitution of the United States (the one with invisible amendments), created by some of the Founding Fathers as a fallback for their great experiment. Full of mind-bending style and packed with a wild cast of characters. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] brilliantly nasty and weird detective novel.”

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “A heart-shredding work of scatological brilliance that gleefully annihilates private-eye tropes and pole-vaults over taste lines.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “A book readers will not soon forget.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Completely compulsive, impossible to put down.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “If you’re looking for an antidote to the stifling formula of genre fiction, this could be your book.”

    New York magazine

  • “Even the more exotic characters of the novel [are] provided a quality and realistic voice that adds a deeper level of insanity to the individuals and the novel.”

    Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bradley Ewan | 2/13/2014

    " Modern vulgarity, grit-ridden, pulp, noir, odyssey prose written by one of my favorite graphic novel writers. Godzilla fetish!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 2/7/2014

    " A book about fetishes and social undercurrents that are thankfully unseen in everyday life. This is a good read if you are feeling voyueristic, although the author's attempts to shock and awe his readers are frustratingly sensationalist. Ellis is a well-known graphic novelist, so his sense of description is meticulous and intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/4/2014

    " An utterly engrossing read that frequently made my mind boggle with obscenity, but gripped me to keep reading. Those previous readers of Ellis' work will be comforted that his unrelenting satirical style and dark humour is ever prevalant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 1/21/2014

    " Entertaining, but often quite disturbing, book written in a similar style to most of the comic books written by Ellis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leroy | 1/18/2014

    " Just picked this up today, about half way in and my sides hurt. S'funny. Wonderfully offensive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/18/2014

    " One of the funniest (and foulest) books that I've ever read, & holds up well on re-reading. Mike is a down-on-his-luck detective who attracts bizarre clients and even more bizarre cases. He's approached by a powerful politician and asked to track down a missing book: an alternate US Constitution. Things quickly go awry in the most horrifying and hilarious way possible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachelle | 1/10/2014

    " It took me several chapters to be able to get used to the weird, crazy and disgusting things the main characters encounter, but once I got used to it, I enjoyed this book and did come to care about the characters. I would recommend it to certain readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/4/2014

    " Sometimes the story seemed like an avenue for Warren to bring up some insane practice he's heard about or something he's seen on the internet but I found myself totally invested as a whole and especially throughout the last few chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/19/2013

    " Fast paced and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 11/12/2013

    " Delicious brain-twistingly fun hardboiled two-fisted detective adventure. Thank you Warren Ellis, I'll never wash my brain again. Warning to those in the audience who can't stomach filth and depravity, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. Hearts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tone | 8/19/2013

    " Warren Ellis writes fanfic about his blog. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roboky | 2/16/2013

    " A book that exemplifies the internet term "try-hard". Mr. Ellis goes far out of his way to show off his knowledge of sexual fetishes and deviant subcultures at the expense of characters or story. I think it would be best if he stuck to the medium of comics in the future. He's MUCH more suited to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess Miller | 2/13/2013

    " This book is the bastard child of "Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" and "Silence of the Lambs." A fun story, not as good as Ellis' comics, but a fun read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/10/2012

    " Really good fun, embraces its noir roots and remains utterly disgusting and depraved from first page to the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monty Loftus | 11/24/2012

    " This is the Little Black Book of Ellis, and chronicles all that is sick and twisted in America. It's a psychotic detective tale of perversion, madness, fear and loathing, and bright sparks of glorious hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iori | 9/20/2012

    " there are parts of this book where i think warren ellis needs a filter but over all very fun and very fucked up . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alvin | 3/25/2012

    " A strange journey across america reveling in stranger and stranger psycho sexual perversions. But what an amazing writing style. Any novel that starts with a rat pissing into a coffee cup is marvelously deranged enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/16/2011

    " 3.5 stars. Psychedelic noir; a fun way to pass 6 hours waiting in an airport/being on a plane. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Icka | 4/24/2011

    " oh man, so funny!! I loved this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Milele | 3/22/2011

    " I admire what the author did, but it was too disturbing and twisted for me to really enjoy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 3/12/2011

    " Down and out PI searches underbelly of society for 2nd version of US Constitution "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 3/11/2011

    " I enjoyed it. A compulsively readable detective novel that explores both the seedy underside of the internet AND historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuddchutney | 3/5/2011

    " Loves the fucked-up nature that Ellis had created here. Loves his satirical writing. This is a road story unlike any other. A Godzilla bukkake ? come on. But the story, well, it's just a road novel. Not quite gripping to keep me reading it all along. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 3/5/2011

    " Highly recommended to me, but I just couldn't get into it. I quit a little more than half way through... an honest effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billi | 3/3/2011

    " Disgusting! Perverted! Obscene!

    This is really my kinda book! I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/26/2011

    " I ended up really loving this books, it was twisted and bizarre but somehow not at all dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nic | 1/21/2011

    " My favorite thing about this book is all of it. The characters, their antics, the plot, the violence, and over-the-top obscenity. There is no part of this book that does not equal awesome. Warren Ellis is a global treasure and should be canonized. "

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About the Author
Author Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis is the award-winning creator of graphic novels such as FellMinistry of SpacePlanetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of the novel Crooked Little Vein. His graphic novel RED was adapted into the #1 hit film of the same name starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. He lives in southern England.

About the Narrator

Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice acting, where he has been heard on more than five thousand television and radio commercials, as well as television promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?