Crooked Little Vein (Paperback)

A Novel

By Warren Ellis

William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780061252051, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 22, 2008

List Price: 14.99*
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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.

Praise For Crooked Little Vein: A Novel

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

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

“[C]ompletely compulsive, impossible to put down.”

“CROOKED LITTLE a book readers will not soon forget.”

“Not for the faint of heart...surprisingly funny (with shades of Lamb author Christopher Moore).”

“[M]ay be destined to become one of the great underground classics of the 21st century.”

“A relentlessly fascinating page-turner...brilliantly and effervescently subversive.”

“Ellis is a formidable talent whose wit and insight fit perfectly into the crime genre.”

“[A] much-needed kick in the butt for a genre that may be more stagnant than its enthusiasts realize.”

“Packed with exciting, hilarious, and disturbing events...outrageously entertaining.”

“So funny you may just laugh out loud.”

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

“Get ready for a wonderful kick in the teeth that’ll make you lick your bloody lip with masochistic joy. ”

“Stop it. You’re frightening me.”

“[L]augh-out-loud funny...a deeply inventive look at the undercurrents beneath the mainstream popular culture.”

“Funny, inventive and blithely appalling, this book is Dante on paint fumes.”

“[S]omewhere between the noir of Frank Miller and dark comedy of Chuck Palahniuk.”

“A high-energy joyride.”

“CROOKED LITTLE VEIN is a gem of a book -- angry, hilarious, and just plain weird...compulsively so.”

“Warren Ellis writes like a bi-polar Raymond Chandler.”

“There’s at least one surprise, laugh, and genius turn of phrase per page here. ”

“Think Kurt Vonnegut having tea with William Burroughs and a bipolar Raymond Chandler...Ellis takes your breath away.”

“[A] snappily paced homage to William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch.”

“[A] fast-paced and funny read...unforgettable.”

“CROOKED LITTLE VEIN is a wild, rambling, funny look at the dark alleys of the American sexual landscape.”

“Rich, dark humor and biting look at the world.”