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A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail jo A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail job. And it’s not working out. While Hornsmith’s distracted by his intestinal cancer, Courtney’s gangsters plot to kill the deal. Soon, Paul can’t see his way for the complications in the swindle. His obsession with Marla, a singer with The Raging Socket, doesn’t help. After a mysterious fire destroys his apartment building, Paul sets out on a road trip that is both terrifying and ridiculous, a trip through America that brings together immigrants, crooks, and seekers in the vast, unforgiving, inspiring spaces of the desert.


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A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail jo A dark coming-of-age comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether. Paul Wint quits his dead-end gig composing greeting cards and falls in with Hornsmith, an ailing con on his last score. Hornsmith is running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. He says it’s business, but it’s really more of a blackmail job. And it’s not working out. While Hornsmith’s distracted by his intestinal cancer, Courtney’s gangsters plot to kill the deal. Soon, Paul can’t see his way for the complications in the swindle. His obsession with Marla, a singer with The Raging Socket, doesn’t help. After a mysterious fire destroys his apartment building, Paul sets out on a road trip that is both terrifying and ridiculous, a trip through America that brings together immigrants, crooks, and seekers in the vast, unforgiving, inspiring spaces of the desert.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Louise Gray

    This is one of those books where you feel kind of bad for finding it so funny.. Touching on taboos and challenging the reader to find humour in dark places, this book is something different. The story itself has a strong plot love, the characters are incredible and it is just so funny. Well worth reading for those who want a laugh which makes them think...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kasa Cotugno

    This has been called a "coming of age" novel, but the narrator seems too self aware at the beginning, and his experiences shape him rather than bring him to a higher awareness. Meyboom has a background in film, and there was much description that came across as cinematic, plus a cast of thousands. Very visual, very funny, a promising debut. This has been called a "coming of age" novel, but the narrator seems too self aware at the beginning, and his experiences shape him rather than bring him to a higher awareness. Meyboom has a background in film, and there was much description that came across as cinematic, plus a cast of thousands. Very visual, very funny, a promising debut.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dundurn Press

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    Sai Suresh

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    Katerina Kondrenko

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    Frederick Rotzien

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    Sam

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    Bailey S.

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    Lydia Wallace

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    Jo

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    Jane Owen

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    Bettye Short

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    Samantha

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    Luis Cuesta

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    Traci

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    Nancy Adams

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    Deborah Gerhart

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen Schlott

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    Michele

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tarah Luke

  30. 4 out of 5

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