The Pistol Poets

The Pistol Poets

by Victor Gischler
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The Pistol Poets by Victor Gischler

The Edgar-nominated author of Gun Monkeys is back with a thrill-a-minute suspense novel that mixes crime and academia—with hilarious results. Here Victor Gischler draws us into a wild and wicked world, where tenured professors are busy burying bodies, cash-up-front P.I.’s hunt for missing coeds and one desperate street-tough has to decide which he’d rather be: a live poet or a dead criminal.

An unlucky grad student just got himself killed in a robbery gone bad. And as lowly drug lieutenant Harold Jenks races with the killer out of the alley, a light goes off in his head: He’ll steal the dead kid’s identity. Now Jenks, who once lorded it over seven square blocks in East St. Louis, is headed due west. With a .32 in his pocket, a 9mm Glock taped across his back, and a rap sheet nearly as long as Finnegans Wake, he’s cruising the halls of academia as Eastern Oklahoma U’s newest grad student, looking for action and hoping he can stay one couplet ahead of his violent past.

While this new bad boy on campus makes mincemeat of his metaphors, across campus visiting professor Jay Morgan has a more pressing problem: What to do about the dead coed in his bed. The professor’s no killer, but try telling that to private eye Deke Stubbs. With the professor on the lam and Stubbs hot on his trail, more trouble blows into town. Now, as St. Louis drug boss Red Zach and his minions converge on Fumbee, Oklahoma, looking for a consignment of missing cocaine, the bullets start flying faster than the zingers at a faculty hate fest. For Morgan and Jenks, now desperate fugitives from poetic justice, survival means learning new skills—and learning fast. Because if they find out they’re bottom-of-the-class, that means they’re already dead.

Featuring the sleaziest, sorriest, and most captivating group of criminal lowlifes, sexed-up academics, poets, and rappers ever to collide in one crime novel, The Pistol Poets speeds deliriously to its electrifying payoff.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440241690
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/25/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Victor Gischler teaches creative writing at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping through his pants. His wife, Jackie, thinks he is a silly, silly individual. He drinks black, black coffee all day long and sleeps about seven minutes a night. Victor’s first novel, Gun Monkeys, was nominated for the Edgar Award.

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Pistol Poets 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eastern Oklahoma University visiting poetry professor Jay Morgan wakes up to find Annie Walsh sleeping so soundly she seems dead in his bed. However, before he can wake her up, Dean Whittaker orders him to come to his office where Jay is assigned a task that only would go to a professor considered lower than the bottom rung of the food chain. In other words as a visiting teacher with a one year contract that can lead to abuse and misuse, Jay must edit the poetry of grumpy geriatric Fred Jones........................................ Morgan detests the works of amateur wannabes who make up much of the poetry groups and contributors at universities, but loathes even more student reporters assigned to harangue him. Shockingly Jones actually has talent as a poet and at body disposal as the girl in Jay¿s bed sleeps like a corpse because she is a corpse. Other people also are killed as Jay finds himself in the milieu of a true dead poet¿s society caused by stolen dope leading to the thief hiding as a student....................... Though the story line seems thirty degrees beyond improbable, readers will not care as THE PISTOL POETS is an amusing irreverent who-done-it tale that satirizes universities and amateur sleuth mysteries. Jay with the help of Jones keeps the tale somewhat focused though clearly even they perform as stand up comics. Not for everyone, readers who get pleasure from a jocular academic mystery with a joke a sentence including some about people that died will want to read this multi-plotted story in which each subplot adds to the humor and ridicule of icons.............................. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awe inspiring example of the academic in lit. Seriously bad. Every self conscious word.
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PennyDread More than 1 year ago
Not my usual read, but I enjoyed it. I have a weird love for universities, well, learning institutions, and enjoy reading stories that take place with educators as characters. This was a fairly easy sleuth type novel, that was funny, sometimes over-the-top a bit, but I would recommend it. Nice escapism
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