Michael McGill
Created by Warren Ellis

"I opened my eyes to see the rat taking a piss in my coffee mug."
-- opening line of Crooked Little Vein

Hard ass New York private eye MICHAEL McGILL thought he'd seen it all... but a cattle prod to the crotch is definitely something new.

And that's the least of the abuse he's subjected to in comic book guru Ellis' Crooked Little Vein (2007), a disjointed gonzo rip through detective novel tropes, conspiracy theories and more sex, violence, betrayal, bizarre sexual practices and substance abuse than an Eagles tour, when he's hired by the President of the United States' heroin addict Chief of Staff to find the U.S. Constitution

No, not that constitution. We're talking the real one. You know, the one with all the secret amendments and stuff.

Before it's all over -- if it's ever really over -- Mike and his assistant Trix will have to deal with more forms of sadism, torture and depravity than dreamt of in most people's philosophies, not to mention serial killers, monkey turd cancer cures, rodents with poor manners, government shenanigans, genital-modifying cops, nympho sidekicks and reptile porn.

In other words, everybody take a bath.

Then take another one.

Warren Ellis is an acclaimed British comic book writer, novelist, columnist and speaker, perhaps best known for his graphic novel Red, which was made into a film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Other graphic novels include Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Global Frequency and Freakangels. Crooked Little Vein was his first novel.


  • "Funny, inventive and blithely appalling... Dante on paint fumes."
    -- Joss Whedon

  • ... infuses Robert B. Parker with Kurt Vonnegut and the madness of the graphic-novel world."
    -- Amazon.com

  • "Crooked Little Vein is some kinda book. Ellis writes like the long-lost lovchild of Michael Avallone and Hunter S. Thompson."
    -- Kevin Burton Smith


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