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Set in New York City in 1882, this hilarious story chronicles the adventures of Police Chief Caleb Spencer and his cohorts, Evening Post reporter Liz Smith and Mayor Teddy Roosevelt, as they unravel the mystery of the world's first serial killer, Jack the Jolly Thwacker.

Review:

"The book debut from the Get a Life and Cabin Boy star is billed as a parody, but this murder mystery wrapped in laughter is simply straight-up enjoyable. Jack the Jolly Thwacker is leaving dead bodies all over 1882 New York City. Chris Elliott, a modern-day researcher, is tracking the serial killer through time. Elliott's wry humor fastens on the burgeoning, Boss Tweedified city, giving it a hilarious and vividly imagined set of anachronistic technologies and accoutrements (New York's Mayor Teddy Roosevelt, who has mysteriously disappeared, has a navel piercing). The narrative leaps back and forth in time, as 1882 police chief Caleb Spencer chases the Thwacker through the streets, and Elliott, convinced the killer is from the 21st century, chases him through time. Elliott's ability to time travel is facilitated by Yoko Ono (don't ask) and a willing suspension of disbelief, but the results are very amusing (if often infantile in the style of There's Something About Mary), with asides on every page that bring in everyone and everything from Typhoid Mary to Skyy Vodka. If Shroud feels like an extended, Americanized Monty Python skit, it's also a rousing good yarn. 15-city author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"With an opening paragraph ripe for the Bulwer-Lytton 'Dark and Stormy Night' contest, it's clear that this over-the-top send-up of Caleb Carr's The Alienist will delight readers with a high tolerance for silly puns and meandering, adjective-laden, anachronistic prose." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] slapstick satire that is more fun than the sum of its cliches....If those who devour such novels are willing to laugh at them, Elliott might be a bigger hit on bookshelves than he's been onscreen." Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN:
9781401352455
Author:
Andersen, Amy Elliott
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Illustrator:
Andersen, Amy Elliott
Author:
Andersen, Amy Elliott
Author:
Elliot, Chris
Subject:
History
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
October 5, 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.625 in 18.96 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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Product details 368 pages Miramax Books - English 9781401352455 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The book debut from the Get a Life and Cabin Boy star is billed as a parody, but this murder mystery wrapped in laughter is simply straight-up enjoyable. Jack the Jolly Thwacker is leaving dead bodies all over 1882 New York City. Chris Elliott, a modern-day researcher, is tracking the serial killer through time. Elliott's wry humor fastens on the burgeoning, Boss Tweedified city, giving it a hilarious and vividly imagined set of anachronistic technologies and accoutrements (New York's Mayor Teddy Roosevelt, who has mysteriously disappeared, has a navel piercing). The narrative leaps back and forth in time, as 1882 police chief Caleb Spencer chases the Thwacker through the streets, and Elliott, convinced the killer is from the 21st century, chases him through time. Elliott's ability to time travel is facilitated by Yoko Ono (don't ask) and a willing suspension of disbelief, but the results are very amusing (if often infantile in the style of There's Something About Mary), with asides on every page that bring in everyone and everything from Typhoid Mary to Skyy Vodka. If Shroud feels like an extended, Americanized Monty Python skit, it's also a rousing good yarn. 15-city author tour." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "With an opening paragraph ripe for the Bulwer-Lytton 'Dark and Stormy Night' contest, it's clear that this over-the-top send-up of Caleb Carr's The Alienist will delight readers with a high tolerance for silly puns and meandering, adjective-laden, anachronistic prose."
"Review" by , "[A] slapstick satire that is more fun than the sum of its cliches....If those who devour such novels are willing to laugh at them, Elliott might be a bigger hit on bookshelves than he's been onscreen."
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