Crooked Little Vein

  • by Warren Ellis
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 fall back 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.


What the Critics Say

"[A] snappily paced homage to William Burroughs's Naked Lunch." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's a high-energy joyride." (Library Journal)
"Funny, inventive, and blithely appalling, this book is Dante on paint fumes." (Joss Whedon, creator, writer, and director of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Ignore the prude

This book was hilarious. Yes, there are some cringe-worthy moments but it was all in good fun. The narrator was excellent. I lost a lot of sleep with this book because i could not stop listening to it.
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- shawn


It's has been a few month since I have listened to this book and it has stuck with me like few books have. Sometimes I laugh out loud, others I almost gag. This book was an experience. Good, bad and ugly. I would highly recommend this book if you have a sense of humor and aren't easily offended - well, even if you aren't easily offended this book will probably test your limits. I remember exactly where I was driving when I actually gagged because of a disgusting sexual perversion described in the book. So, in all fairness, be careful because this book is graphic and pretty hardcore - but if you can keep it in perspective - it is a pretty good experience. I have been excitedly - but cautiously - waiting for the next novel.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio