Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny by Garrison Keillor

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The book is not outrageously funny, but then that's never been Keillor's style. Instead, he goes for the warm chuckle of recognition that rewards readers who paid attention in class.
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Synopsis

Famous radio private eye Guy Noir leaps from A Prairie Home Companion to the page

On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know-Joey, Lieutenant McCafferty, reporter Gene Williker, Guy’s ex-girlfriend Sugar O'Toole, the despicable Larry B. Larry, the dreamboat Scarlett Anderson, Mr. Kress of the FDA–and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss. In this whirlwind caper Guy faces danger, falls in love, and faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo Johnny Banana.

 

About Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Penguin Books. 217 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Cherie Parker on Apr 28 2012

"The Straight Skinny" is much more rambling and scattered than the last few Lake Wobegon novels, with unfunny digressions continually sabotaging any sense of drama or clarity or pace.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Lauderdale

The book is not outrageously funny, but then that's never been Keillor's style. Instead, he goes for the warm chuckle of recognition that rewards readers who paid attention in class.

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Reviewed by Gil Wilson on Jun 11 2012

"Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny" is pure fun and a romp through a mystery and adventure with some great humor and classic literature references, and even a few pop culture jabs thrown in to keep the story fresh.

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