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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143120816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143120810
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Equal parts silliness, satire, and lecherous daydream.”
       —AudioFile
(Publishers Weekly)

“Pure fun and a romp through a mystery and adventure with some great humor and classic literature references, and even a few pop culture jabs thrown in to keep the story fresh.”
       —Gil T.’s Pleasures
(California Bookwatch)

“A thoroughly enjoyable listen.”
      —Publishers Weekly



“A fine caper of romance and intrigue receives a powerful radio dramatization perfect for any general lending library!”
      —California Bookwatch

--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Garrison Keillor, author of nearly a dozen books, is founder and host of the acclaimed radio show A Prairie Home Companion and the daily program The Writer's Almanac. He is also a regular contributor to Time magazine.

More About the Author

Garrison Keillor is the bestselling author of Lake Wobegon Days, Happy To Be Here, Leaving Home, We Are Still Married, Radio Romance, The Book of Guys and Wobegon Boy (available in Penguin Audiobook). He is the host of A Prairie Home Companion on American public radio and a contributor to Time magazine. He lives in Wisconsin and New York City.

Customer Reviews

The book lacks a coherent plot.
Michael E. Tigar
If you are looking for a light, easy to read, fun book, then read this immediately.
fossil
Garrison Keillor uses a style of writing I love.
Rene van den Abeelen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn L. Larson on May 30, 2012
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By fossil on May 17, 2012
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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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael E. Tigar on August 25, 2012
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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 laughs, but you can get those for free by listening to the radio.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P R Trent (Woof) on November 21, 2012
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Perhaps the publisher said to Garrison, "Write us a book about a sleazy detective obsessed with sex." Perhaps reluctantly, he does so. That could well be the background for this book. I am a big fan of his Lake Wobegon tales and I enjoyed "A Christmas Blizzard." But I had to put this book down halfway through because I simply couldn't take any more dripping adolescent sex, which consumes almost every page. It's like eating a sandwich with too much mayonnaise: at first it's a little tangy, but the more you consume, the sicker you feel. Guy Noir doesn't (at least in this incarnation) make it successfully from radio to prose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quixote010 VINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
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Listeners to Garrison Keillor's popular Prairie Home Companion radio series certainly know Guy Noir, the Minneapolis private eye who lives on the 12th floor of the Acme Building and perpetually in the pages of an unfinished Mike Hammer novel.

Like Spillane's iconic detective heros of the 1940s and 50s, Noir struggles through a day-to-day existance surrounded by all the cliche characters of the genre: the former mob gorilla, Joey Roast Beef--now an 82 year old geriatric liable to forget his name and well as his weapon; the shyster lawyer, Larry B. Larry, who really isn't a lawyer but a guy more likely to be judge and jury if you don't give him what he wants; and of course, the bevy of curvasive "broads" named Naomi Fallopian, Sugar O'Toole and Scarlett Anderson.

In this tongue and cheek parody, Noir thinks he may have had his ship come in with Naomi when she convinces him she has found the holy grail of scams. A Japanese chemist(?) has invented a pill which contains a pill which, once swallowed, helps the swallower to lose weight. Another pill and you lose the tapeworm. Unfortunately, Naomi forgets to tell Guy about the side effects of a heighten libido and gassiness until after he takes one, but that just leads to more outragious tales of its own. Obviously Naomi hires Noir so Larry B. Larry won't steal the secret of egg. As Guy says, "No job too small".

Obvious this isn't a serious mystery novel and it isn't intended to be. Instead, enjoy it as a return to yesterday and all of the images, sayings, people, and cliches of the past...right down to the mashed potatoes and meatloaf at the diner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin W. Perkins on January 22, 2013
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I usually love Garrison Keillor, especially the Lake Wobegon stories, but can't get into this book. I've read it for at least an hour, but am giving up, because I can't get into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rene van den Abeelen on July 25, 2012
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Garrison Keillor uses a style of writing I love. Lots of humor, sometimes the absurd, cleverly build around recognizable situations... I just love it.
His Guy Noir was new to me, being unable to listen to his Prairie Companion radio shows as I live in the Netherlands, but I can only hope he will write more books about his adventures.
The good old detective, as a detective should be, involved in amusing and lively situations... All in all really what I hoped it would be.
Thanks for hours of fun, mister Keillor!
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