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Crooked Little Vein: A Novel by Warren Ellis
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Crooked Little Vein: A Novel (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Warren Ellis

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Title:Crooked Little Vein: A Novel
Authors:Warren Ellis
Info:William Morrow (2007), Hardcover, 288 pages
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Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis (2007)

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L'investigatore privato Michael McGill, ex Pinkerton e ora freelancer fallito, accetta di ritrovare la Costituzione degli USA per conto del cocainomane estremo che, non si sa come, è finito a capo dello staff della Casa Bianca. Non la costituzione che tutti conoscono, ma una sua versione alternativa, magica e segreta che Jefferson e gli altri avevano lasciato a protezione della fibra morale del paese: una fibra che – guarda caso – si è indebolita progressivamente proprio da quando Nixon ha ceduto l’unica copia a una prostituta, il primo di continui scambi fra dubbi figuri. Con l’aiuto di una sciroccata super-promiscua di nome Trix, McGill in questa sua cerca attraverserà l’America, imbattendosi in personaggi e situazioni comicamente assurde, quasi sempre legate a curiose perversioni sessuali, fino al momento in cui dovrà prendere una decisione da cui dipenderà il futuro stesso degli USA.Anni fa l’inglese Warren Ellis, uno dei più famosi e quotati sceneggiatori di fumetti USA, forse il più attento al lato sociale delle nuove tecnologie, aveva scritto una serie di articoli sulle bizzarrie trovate in giro per la rete mentre si documentava per le sue storie. Nel 2007, su insistenza della sua agente per il mercato nordamericano, si è messo quasi per scherzo a scrivere quello che poi è diventato Crooked Little Vein, il suo primo e finora unico lavoro di narrativa senza immagini. Per non essere uno scrittore “di libri”, c’è riuscito pure bene. Il romanzo è divertente, tiene vivo l’interesse del lettore fino all’ultima pagina e ha dei momenti in cui, in totale naturalezza, si scoppia a ridere (a me è successo in treno) o si strabuzzano gli occhi. Soprattutto perché, al di là del sottilissimo e inevitabile velo di finzione, tutte le stranezze di cui Ellis racconta qui sono vere e sono – o almeno erano, vista la natura transitoria dei link – documentate in rete. A parte la faccenda della costituzione, ovvio. Speriamo che la Elliot Edizioni, che a quanto sembra ne ha acquistato i diritti per l’Italia, sappia cogliere come si deve lo spirito del romanzo. ( )
  plivo | Apr 21, 2018 |
Chuck Palahniuk and Bret Easton Ellis too tame for you? Try this. ( )
  lwright01 | Mar 23, 2018 |
alloora… ehm, ecco… più che benzina… soluzione salina. ( )
  cry6379 | Sep 17, 2017 |
Quick, entertaining read, laced with a healthy reminder that people are really weird. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | May 27, 2017 |


Is this book for you? If you're not familiar with the words "Godzilla Bukkake", probably not.

Not for the faint of heart...Men who have sex with drugged ostriches are far from the strangest situation that we can find in this book lol

Dark humour abounds. The novel uses all the artifacts of classical pulp era and Ellis' ability to attract the weirdest elements of contemporary society and weave it all together into a coherent whole is nothing short of magnificent.

From Godzilla Bukkake, to genital saline injections, Jesus sex toys, and even worse. I would say that delicate natures should stay away from the book.

Last but not least: The novel is very funny." ( )
  antao | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Ellis is a great storyteller, and this little sucker just rips along. I just finished it in 90 minutes on an airplane and it left me hungry for more.
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To Niki and Lili, for continuing to put up with me,
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060723939, Hardcover)

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.

Sample Chapter One of Crooked Little Vein

"Chapter One. I opened my eyes to see the rat taking a piss in my coffee mug. It was a huge brown bastard; had a body like a turd with legs and beady black eyes full of secret rat knowledge."

Crooked Little Vein puts you right in the gutter from the first sentence and doesn't let up. Sample the goods with a look at the complete first chapter, and see if you don't get hooked.

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Burned-out private detective Michael McGill is covertly hired to locate an alternative fallback version of the Constitution, an assignment that is complicated by a polyamorous sidekick and a haphazard introduction to an unorthodox use of warm saltwater.… (more)

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