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 looks death in the eye, falls in love, and faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo Johnny Banana.
Unabridged,Fully dramatized; 4 hours
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think you have to be a fan of Garrison Keillor and/or his radio show to enjoy this book. I'm both. His writing style is reminiscent of Damon Runyan in this book anyway, if you're old enough to recall Runyan that is. I frequently had to stop and wipe the tears of laughter as I'm reading. His fun with language and the human condition is priceless. Thorough nonsense but good fun. He can be a little risque but this is a fun read. Perfect summer reading.
If you are looking for a light, easy to read, fun book, then read this immediately.
Guy Noir is a comedic Sam Spade, whose exploits bring continuous smiles and chuckles. The premise of the book is, perhaps, America's obsession with obesity and weight reduction fads. The scheme he gets involved in to sell a sure fire weight loss method is so absurd, it carries the book along. The names of the numerous characters who come and go (Joey Roast Beef, Larry B.Larry, Naomi Fallopian, Johnny Banana, Gene Williker, etc) add to the humor. Guy's many romantic adventures, some abruptly terminated by his flatulence, add a tinge of erotica.
If you have ever listened to the skits of Guy Noir on the radio you are already familiar with the Kit Kat Club, the Five Spot Bar, and downtown Minneapolis/St.Paul.
Hope this is the beginning of new series of Guy Noir books.
I am a GK fan, and a Prairie Home Companion fan, and a public radio fan. Therefore I bought this book. I rather wish I had not. The book lacks a coherent plot. The humor is repetitious -- endless variations on Noir's lidibinal fantasies and (sometimes) exploits. And since Noir is just a few years younger than his creator, one is led to wonder just what is going on inside the latter's formidable brain -- not to mention his nether parts. The book would make about four or five Guy Noir radio playlets, of the sort one enjoys on Prairie Home Companion. Then, one must contend with Noir's digestive difficulties, brought on by having swallowed tapeworms as part of a weight loss scheme. I like a good fart joke as much as the next person, but these flatulent japes are not terribly original. Then there are the other digestive discussions, but I don't want to spoil the plot. It is the sort of thing you talked about in elementary -- no, make that alimentary -- school. Yes, there are a few...
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