Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

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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.


About Warren Ellis

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Warren Ellis is a comics and graphics novel writer best known for the graphic novel series TRANSMETROPOLITAN, PLANETARY and THE AUTHORITY. With over thirty-five graphic novels in print, Ellis has received numerous acclaims including Winner of the International Horror Guild award for graphic narrative and being named one of Entertainment Weekly's 100 Most Creative People. Rolling Stone described his work as, "more influenced by Jesus and Mary Chain than by the JUSTICE LEAGUE, while his characters fight for left-wing agendas over God and country, and kick puppies in the street."
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 292 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction

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Entertainment Weekly

It is impossible to make the following point too early in this review: Crooked Little Vein, the debut novel from legendary comics author Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Desolation Jones), is not for the faint of heart.

Jul 23 2007 | Read Full Review of Crooked Little Vein (P.S.)


Or make him write ‘Studio 60’.” (I wanted to love “Studio 60,” I really did, but he did kind of botch it.) So while Crooked Little Vein may not be for the faint of heart, nor the sort of book you’d pass along to your conservative grandmother, I still wholeheartedly recommend reading it.

Dec 07 2009 | Read Full Review of Crooked Little Vein (P.S.)

Her hair fell down her back in thick, fuzzy dreadlocks, like someone had nailed a dozen baby aliens to her head.

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Bookmarks Magazine

While some of the plots in his graphic novels can be unceasingly dark, Crooked Little Vein, Ellis’s first prose novel, comes across as an absurdist catalog of fetish porn and depravity and a tongue-in-cheek examination of morality and hypocrisy in an Internet culture.

Oct 05 2007 | Read Full Review of Crooked Little Vein (P.S.)

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