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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.”
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“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.
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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: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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The story here is kind of silly and full of so many innuendos and double entendres that it is hilarious and a great thing to listen to while driving. It's done as a radio play with different voices and sound effects. A great way to pass the time on a long trip.
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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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Longtime radio host Garrison Keillor does not disappoint with this beautifully expanded version of the adventures of his world-weary, clever, wry and always entertaining gumshow Guy Noir. If you like the radio broadcasts this will definitely hit the spot.
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Guy Noir is a wildly popular segment on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion Radio show. You probably do not have to be a listener to the program to enjoy this book, as long as you want a bit of tongue in cheek detective work. There is the usual English major's twists and turns of grammar, which at times is the funniest part of the humor - explaining to a would be attacker the difference in grammar or lie and lay and laid.

We have some of the usual characters and locations, the Kit Kat Klub, the 12th floor of the Acme Building. The book is rawer than the skits that go out over public radio. We have Guy applying Vaseline to the'crack' where admirers have place scratchy $10 bills on Naomi. There are abundant observations by Guy on parts of the female anatomy and descriptions of the horizontal dance.

The plot also takes us into the recesses of Guy's digestive tract as he swallows a capsule of tapeworms in a scheme to make money and lose weight. What results is gaseous and little is left to the reader's imagination of the physical outcomes...lost weight, admiring female glances and room clearing farts.
Fans of Guy Noir in the extreme will enjoy this adventure.
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