His “Secret Plan,” as he calls it, is to self-destruct by carrying the basic concept of religious privilege that he despises to (and well past) a logical extreme. But the self-destruction unfolds in a way he did not envision, as he is sucked steadily deeper into a quagmire of deceit.
Luis Granados, author of Damned Good Company, co-editor of A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-first Century, and “Rules Are for Schmucks” columnist for TheHumanist.com takes us on a wild ride to a place let’s hope we never reach. Footnotes, unusual for a novel, are included to let skeptical readers know how bizarre the world of religious legal privilege has already become.
Luis Granados is a retired attorney in Washington, DC. He is the author of "Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts," co-editor of "A Jefferson Bible for the Twenty-first Century," and author of the bi-weekly "Rules Are for Schmucks" column on TheHumanist.com.
Joe Chambers is a CIA operative working in Dublin. Assigned to an agency-fronted publishing house, his problems include, but are not limited to, errant MI6 agents, insane profit-making schemes, a Francoist dwarf, and a tapeworm named Steve. He is an utterly reprehensible character, fond of submerging his head in a sink-full of whiskey and fantasising about brutally murdering irritating teenagers. He is, in other words, the perfect guide to this bizarre and repulsive journey into Dublin’s gutters.
Jay Spencer Green presents a twisted and exaggerated, but wholly recognisable vision of Dublin. A place of suicide bombings, mass canine culling in the Phoenix Park, “cheap Moore Street socks (35 euros for 6 pairs)”, online divorce, and enough red tape and bureaucracy to drive a man to murder. A place where “cat’s cheese salad” and a dubious pork/human hybrid meat share the menu. It is a Dublin of no redemption. The whole book is a dig at a country that lost the run of itself in the good times, and just lost itself in the bad.
A raucous mix of double crosses, brothels, triple crosses, and cocktail recipes, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s is a dark, twisted, and picaresque tale that fans of Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, and Joseph Heller will love.
Chuck Palahniuk showed himself to be his generation’s most visionary satirist in this, his first book. Fight Club’s estranged narrator leaves his lackluster job when he comes under the thrall of Tyler Durden, an enigmatic young man who holds secret after-hours boxing matches in the basements of bars. There, two men fight "as long as they have to." This is a gloriously original work that exposes the darkness at the core of our modern world.