Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

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On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women’s-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know—Joey, Lieutenant McCafferty, reporter Gene Williker, Guy’s ex-girlfriend Sugar O’Toole, the despicable Larry B. Larry, the dreamboat Scarlett Anderson, Mr. Kress of the FDA—and Guy faces ...
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Overview


On the 12th floor of the Acme Building, on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women’s-studies-professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know—Joey, Lieutenant McCafferty, reporter Gene Williker, Guy’s ex-girlfriend Sugar O’Toole, the despicable Larry B. Larry, the dreamboat Scarlett Anderson, Mr. Kress of the FDA—and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss. In this whirlwind caper Guy looks death in the eye, falls in love, and faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo Johnny Banana.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
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)
Gil T.'s Pleasures - Gil Wilson
“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

“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
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“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

Gil T.'s Pleasures
“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
— Gil Wilson
Library Journal - Audio
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611746785
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Fully dramatized
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 974,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Garrison Keillor

GARRISON KEILLOR is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than 35 years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. 
 
Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, The New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.

TIM RUSSELL is a well-known Minneapolis radio personality and voice actor. Using his many character voices, Tim has voiced award-winning (CLIO) radio and television commercials since 1975. He’s noted for his versatility, comic timing, and variety of announcer and character voice styles. As an actor on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, a nationally known public radio show heard weekly by over four million listeners, Tim has performed celebrity voices from presidents (Bush, Kerry) to celebrity governors (Ventura, Scwarzenegger) to dozens of regular characters in the show’s popular comedy sketches. Tim is the voice behind Dusty from “Lives of the Cowboys,” Fred Farell, and all of the “Famous Celebrities” to name a few. Tim’s character voices for A Prairie Home Companion have made his voice and comedy acting nationally recognized. Locally, he’s been voted Best Radio Host by Mpls / St. Paul Magazine and Outstanding Broadcast Personality by the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. Tim has worked at WCCO radio stations in Minneapolis for over thirty years.

Biography

Garrison Keillor is the author of thirteen books, including Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Wobegon Boy, and Lake Wobegon Days. From 1999-2001, Keillor wrote a column "Dear Mr. Blue: Advice for Lovers and Writers" on Salon.com. Keillor's popular Saturday-night public radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, is in its twenty-seventh season. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Gary Edward Keillor (real name)
      Garrison Keillor
    2. Hometown:
      St. Paul, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 7, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Anoka, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    Very funny and worth reading

    I enjoyed reading this GK book about Guy Noir and his adventures with a mircle weight loss cure. All of my favorite people were in the story one way or another and I enjoyed reading that Guy was winning for once.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    I read the whole, actual book (vs just a sample) and found it t

    I read the whole, actual book (vs just a sample) and found it to be absolutely hilarious! Perhaps you have to be of a certain age to get all his play on words humor, but his use of alliteration through the book is amazing; as is the erudite twist on what would otherwise simply be bawdy humor. If you are a Garrison Keillor fan, then I Highly suggest this book. I'm sure the audio version would be fun, too, but really ,some of the humor has to be read! Because, honestly, then you can just put the book down for a minute when something just jolts your funny bone so much you can't help but laugh hysterically. That happened to me and I wish the same for you! ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    agree....worst sample ever...why buy book???

    agree....worst sample ever...why buy book???

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Sample?

    The sample is 16 pages, one of which allows us to read half of the first sentence of the book. Not much of a sample if you ask me.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Guy Noir All That You Expect Him to Be

    For those who are fans of Garrison Keilor and Prairie Home companion, the announcement that this is their last year is a disappointment. But for those who love the characters that Garrison created, we can only hope that he keeps writing novels like this. The character of Guy Noir harkens back to the Pre-WWII detective friction of Sam Spade and THh Continental Op, but in a humorous vein. There are dames and villains and impossible plots with the Keillor touch. We will miss the Radio show, But Guy will live on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Fggdfvhh

    Worst sample ever never buy the book it will be no good.......
    Dont buy it

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