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The Stainless Steel Rat returns
Harry Harrison
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Harrison returns to his long-running interstellar adventure series for the first time since 1999's The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus. Slippery Jim DiGriz, a thief and con artist, is enjoying a comfortable 35th-century life when his hick relatives show up, farm animals in tow, looking for a handout. Jim and his beloved wife, Angelina, are soon careening around to various backwater worlds where Jim hopes to ditch the unwanted kinfolk. The series' 1960s origins are most painfully obvious in the descriptions of a planet where the green-skinned, shiftless, slow-witted majority oppresses the smarter, slower-breeding, pink-skinned minority. Shocked not by the race wars but by the existence of races at all, Jim (himself quite pink) declares that the different skin colors "should have been bred out centuries ago." Modern readers are unlikely to find this tale appealing in any way. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Just when life couldn't be better, James Bolivar "Slippery Jim" DiGriz, also known as the Stainless Steel Rat, receives a visit from his long-lost cousin Elmo and finds himself the caretaker of a herd of swine that soon depletes his bank account and sends him and his wife, Angelina, on an interstellar journey. Harrison revives his most popular character after a ten-year absence in a galactic romp filled with adventure, hilarity, snappy dialog-and pigs. VERDICT Harrison's witty style, combining hard-nosed noir with slapstick humor, has built a large audience for the escapades of his special agent/con man/retired criminal, and the demand for this novel should be high. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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