In Max Barry's twisted, hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations; taxes are illegal; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly-traded security firms; the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.Hack Nike is a lowly merchandising officer who's not very good at negotiating his salary. So when John Nike and John Nike, offer him a contract, he signs without reading it. Unfortunately, Hack's new contract involves shooting teenagers to build up street cred for Nike's new line of $2,500 sneakers. Scared, Hack goes to The Police, who lease the assassinations to The NRA.Soon Hack finds himself pursued by Jennifer Government, a tough-talking agent with a barcode tattoo under her eye and a rabid determination to nail John Nike. In a world where your job title means everything, the most cherished possession is a platinum credit card, Jennifer Government is the consumer watchdog from hell.Jennifer Government is a Catch-22 for the New World Order, a satire both broad and pointed, deeply funny and disturbingly on-target.More
"It's Catch-22 by way of The Matrix." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A refreshingly creative and unique read." (Booklist)
"A 'funny and clever novel' that aspires to be 'a kind of ad-world version of Dr. Strangelove'." (The New York Times Book Review)
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