Crooked Little Vein
|Crooked Little Vein|
First US edition cover
|Genre(s)||Hardboiled detective, transgressive fiction, thriller|
|Publication date||July 24, 2007|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Pages||304 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-06-072393-9 (first edition, hardback)|
|Dewey Decimal||813/.6 22|
|LC Classification||PS3555.L61717 C76 2007|
The novel is written in the first-person, similar to much of the hardboiled detective genre. The book was based on research material posted on Ellis' websites, mostly odd news items and disturbing pictures from the web that the author had found or had been sent.
The novel has been translated into Spanish, German, French, Czech and Italian.
Plot summary 
Michael McGill, a burned-out private eye is hired by a corrupt White House Chief of Staff to find a second "secret" United States Constitution, which had been lost in a whorehouse by Richard Nixon. What follows is a scavenger hunt across America, exposing its seedier side along the way. McGill is joined by surreal college student side-kick, Trix, who is writing a thesis on sexual fetishes.
McGill has to deal with strange events sometimes unrelated to his adventures – he describes himself as a 'shit-magnet', with weird phenomena following him wherever he goes.
Critical reception 
- Pastorek, Whitney (July 17, 2007). "Crooked Little Vein". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Berry, Michael (August 19, 2007). "Science Fiction & Fantasy: Demons, mental and physical, abound". Sfgate.com. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Grainger, James (August 12, 2007). "A comic book hero sends up America". Toronto: TheStar.com. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Lalumière, Claude (January 28, 2008). "Claude Lalumière's 2007: Recommended Reading". Locusmag.com. Retrieved 2009-03-16. "Politically radical, outrageously extreme, surprisingly tender, and always entertaining, this debut novel mixes the conventions the hardboiled detective story, the political thriller, the sexual odyssey, and magic realism."
- Weinman, Sarah (December 9, 2007). "Favorite Books of 2007 - Crime spree". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-16. "And then there is comic king Warren Ellis' debut prose novel, "Crooked Little Vein" (William Morrow), a heart-shredding work of scatological brilliance that gleefully annihilates private-eye tropes and pole-vaults over taste lines."
- Weinman, Sarah. "When graphic novelists turn to prose, the result is something wicked". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-03-16.[dead link]
- Klonick, Kate (August 8, 2007). "Normal Isn't Creepy". Esquire. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "Comunicato Stampa". September 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-30.
- "Book Review: Crooked Little Vein, by Warren Ellis". Entertainment Weekly.
- Chapter 1 of Crooked Little Vein available from amazon.com (pdf).
- Sample chapter (Ch. 16) of Crooked Little Vein posted by Ellis to his Livejournal account.
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