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One of them is a bestselling Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist. The other is a winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Together, they form the League of Comic Justice, battling evildoers in the name of . . . Okay, we made that line up. What they do form is a writing team of pure comic genius, and they will have you laughing like idiots.

Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Where that all takes them you can't begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration and mayhem. But what else would you expect from the League of Comic Justice?

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"Humorists Barry (Tricky Business) and Zweibel (The Other Shulman) team up to spin the madcap adventure of Philip Horkman and Jeffrey A. Peckerman, who meet on the soccer pitch of a Fort Lee, N.J., girls' 10-and-under league championship game, where Horkman calls Peckerman's daughter offside. Alternating chapters of mutual loathing between Horkman, a coarse, 'forensic plumber,' and Peckerman, the progressive owner of a pet store called the Wine Shop, chronicle a fight that escalates by accident and miscalculation to encompass high seas piracy and revolution. As unwitting as the characters in Woody Allen's Without Feathers — or, better yet, as inept as Bananas' Fielding Mellish — Horkman and Peckerman stumble over themselves trying to escape police, nudists, a lemur named Buddy, a tank in Tiananmen Square, fruit-wielding Somalis, Yemeni terrorists, Chuck E. Cheese, and Donald Trump. Energetic, scatological, and profoundly silly. Agents: (for Barry) Amy Berkower, Writers House; (for Zweibel) Laura Nolan, Paradigm." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Philip Horkman is a happy man, the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for a local kids’ soccer league. Jeffrey Peckerman is the proud and loving father of a star athlete in the girls’ ten-and-under soccer league, and he’s not exactly happy with the ref.

The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, subversives, bears, revolutionaries, pirates, and a black ops team that does not exist. Where all that takes them you can’t even begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration, chaos, and unadulterated, well, lunacy. And they might even learn a lesson or two along the way.

About the Author

Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.

Dave has also written a total of 25 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which Harry Anderson played a much taller version of Dave.

Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances, including one on the David Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll.

In his spare time, Dave is a candidate for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making Americans install low-flow toilets.

Dave lives in Miami, Florida, with his wife, Michelle, a sportswriter. He has a son, Rob, and a daughter, Sophie, neither of whom thinks he's funny.

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jraoul, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by jraoul)
I've never been a big fan of Dave Barry's columns, but I love his two earlier novels, Big Trouble and Tricky Business (which is not to mention the slew of Peter Pan prequels he's done with Ridley Pearson) -- both of them feature stupid people doing increasingly stupid things, and that's a genre for which I am a complete sucker. You may give up reading this review now, if you like.

Still with me? Barry's come out with a new book with the bizarre title "Lunatics and Alan Zweibel" ... or at least that's what it says on the cover and side-binding of the hardcover version I have. (The hardcover version also boasts the funniest back cover blurb I've ever read, which isn't saying much, but still.) Like Barry's earlier books, it features stupid people doing increasingly -- and incredibly -- stupid things. It also does the impossible, taking the basic template of "The In-Laws", a perfect comedy B-movie (I speak of the Arkin/Falk original, not the Steve Martin remake) and improving on it.

The laughs are plentiful, if mostly Rabelaisian, for at least half the book. Then they slow down a little as the story gets bogged down in plot, as I think Joe Bob Briggs used to say, but I found myself still happily turning the pages through to the end -- by that time, I felt the author(s) had already earned my affection and didn't need to work so hard.

I also like the fact that my friend David gets a completely gratuitous namecheck in the book, putting him in the same league as me, who got namechecked in Dave Barry's Book Of Bad Songs.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399158698
Author:
Barry, Dave
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Author:
Zweibel, Alan
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humor : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20120110
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.34 x 6.27 x 1.18 in 1.1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Humorists Barry (Tricky Business) and Zweibel (The Other Shulman) team up to spin the madcap adventure of Philip Horkman and Jeffrey A. Peckerman, who meet on the soccer pitch of a Fort Lee, N.J., girls' 10-and-under league championship game, where Horkman calls Peckerman's daughter offside. Alternating chapters of mutual loathing between Horkman, a coarse, 'forensic plumber,' and Peckerman, the progressive owner of a pet store called the Wine Shop, chronicle a fight that escalates by accident and miscalculation to encompass high seas piracy and revolution. As unwitting as the characters in Woody Allen's Without Feathers — or, better yet, as inept as Bananas' Fielding Mellish — Horkman and Peckerman stumble over themselves trying to escape police, nudists, a lemur named Buddy, a tank in Tiananmen Square, fruit-wielding Somalis, Yemeni terrorists, Chuck E. Cheese, and Donald Trump. Energetic, scatological, and profoundly silly. Agents: (for Barry) Amy Berkower, Writers House; (for Zweibel) Laura Nolan, Paradigm." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Philip Horkman is a happy man, the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for a local kids’ soccer league. Jeffrey Peckerman is the proud and loving father of a star athlete in the girls’ ten-and-under soccer league, and he’s not exactly happy with the ref.

The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, subversives, bears, revolutionaries, pirates, and a black ops team that does not exist. Where all that takes them you can’t even begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration, chaos, and unadulterated, well, lunacy. And they might even learn a lesson or two along the way.

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