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Guy Noir and the straight skinny
Keillor, Garrison.
Adult Fiction KEILLOR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Garrison Keillor's trademark dry humor and facility for recreating old-time radio shows-background organ music and all-are on display in this lighthearted, entertaining expansion of a popular skit from A Prairie Home Companion that parodies hard-boiled gumshoes like Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. St. Paul private eye Guy Noir, voiced by Keillor in an appropriately gruff and world-weary manner, is introduced in classic pulp fashion: he tells listeners he's looking down the barrel of a gun and then explains how things went wrong. Character names like Joey Roast Beef, Naomi Fallopian, and Sugar O'Toole make the parody somewhat less than subtle, but Keillor is well-complemented by Tim Russell and Sue Scott, each of whom play multiple parts as they relate Noir's experience with a new, radical weight-loss solution (a tapeworm that can be removed from the stomach after another pill is swallowed). While Keillor's deadpan delivery, isn't as hilarious as that of Leslie Nielsen, the result is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. A Penguin paperback. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Guy Noir, subject of one of A Prairie Home Companion's series of radio plays, is featured in his own book. As usual, the private dick is broke and has to pay his bar tab before he can wet his whistle again. He becomes entangled with Naomi Fallopian, who has figured out an ingenious plan for weight loss that will make millions (think tapeworms being purposefully introduced into one's digestive system). Guy simply has to guard the tapeworm from which all the moneymakers will be grown. The usual crowd of goons and lowlifes with whom he associates contribute to an increasingly complicated story. VERDICT Noir may be best in small doses; most listeners will grow weary after hearing too many fart jokes. There is also more sex than usual in this latest title from Keillor. Whether listeners find the Runyonesque dialog and plot funny will depend on individual tolerance for puns, some rather old jokes, and Keillor and company's talented narration. Strictly marginal except for major fans of Guy Noir.-B. Allison Gray, Goleta Branch, Santa Barbara P.L. Syst., CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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