Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny

by Garrison Keillor


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Famous radio private eye Guy Noir leaps from A Prairie Home Companion to the page

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 faces danger, falls in love, and faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo Johnny Banana.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143120810
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 588,087
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.


St. Paul, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

August 7, 1942

Place of Birth:

Anoka, Minnesota


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1966

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Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Aprilnow More than 1 year ago
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.
Wordmistress More than 1 year ago
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! ;-)
jnwelch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny by Garrison Keillor is silly and ridiculous. I picked it up because my wife and I can't help laughing at the author's Guy Noir stories on the radio show Prairie Home Companion. If you have the same problem, then you'll probably enjoy this book.It's a caper involving a tape worm diet pill (!) and plenty of gangsters and pretty women and snapshots of our lives from a special bizarre angle lens. "She was tall and blonde, except she'd dyed the roots brunette, an original touch." Another's sensuous sighing into a phone was a "sussuration, like the wind in the silvery cottonwoods by a burbling brook flowing through the whispering prairie grasses by a long two-track road somewhere in Nebraska, not that I've been there myself but I read Willa Cather once when I was dating an English major named Leslye who was, in fact, from Lincoln, Nebraska, and I believe 'sussuration' was the word Willa used."Guy's a private eye, of course, and clients often have unusual projects for him, like the one who had "finally finished reading Moby-Dick after ten years and had forgotten what the book was about and could I help?" There are plenty of noir (small n) descriptions, like the bad guy Bogus Brothers whose scarred faces looked like "they'd been pounding fence posts with their foreheads" and who smelled "like old gym socks sprayed with cheap cologne." There are bad puns ("Someday my prints will come"), and Keystone Kops interludes, like the romantic get-together ruined by Guy's overenthusiastic attempts to multitask while piloting a canoe. The author also manages to poke fun at Prairie Home Companion, which has been turned into a Spanish language show to boost the ratings, and himself, as the displaced host that Guy pities. Interspersed throughout are the show's trademark jabs at Minnesota, Minneapolis and St. Paul. It also finds room for many more references to farts and sex than you'd hear on the radio show.If life seems somber at the moment, you might pick this one up and remind yourself how ridiculous we all are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
agree....worst sample ever...why buy book???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PHCFan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst sample ever never buy the book it will be no good....... Dont buy it