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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, Todd McLaren Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 anybody looking for a riotous adventure.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Devin | 1/21/2014

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

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