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Summary

It is early 1942. You are in San Francisco, and you need a private eye. Sam Spade is rumored to be in Istanbul. The Continental Op has been drafted and is a sergeant in the Aleutians. Philip Marlowe is up at Little Fawn Lake investigating the disappearance of Mrs. Derace Kingsley. Lew Archer is in the army. Who's left? Nobody but C. Card. You haven't heard of C. Card? That's all right. Nobody has.

When you hire C. Card, the hero of Richard Brautigan's eighth novel, you have scraped the bottom of the private-eye barrel. But you won't be bored. No, indeed. Because when C. Card finds some bullets for his gun, you will be in for some fast, funny, slam-bang private eye adventures. Unless, of course, C. Card starts dreaming of Babylon. If C. Card starts dreaming of Babylon, all bets are off. Not since Trout Fishing in America has Brautigan so successfully combined his wild sense of humor with the incredible poetic imagination he is rightfully famous for around the world. The adventures of seedy, not-too-bright C. Card, as he carefully wends his way between fantasy and reality, Babylon and San Francisco, are a delight to both the mind and the heart.

©1977 Richard Brautigan (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ludicrous! Hilarious!

I just loved the farce, hapless stupidity but most of all the performance. Branson Pinchot brought it to life brilliantly. And the funniest war wound story I've heard.

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a bit disappointing

liked the concept but ultimately found it fairly boring. it's a pretty good representation of someone with adhd though

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Waste of Time!

A supposed comedy/sleuth story, I got to the end and found no end. I can’t believe it was even published. First book I would give ‘nil point’. Don’t waste the hours on this rubbish.

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what a story thsi was

what a good story. very "Big Lebowski" feeling to it, and very well performed b th narator. props to him!

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Bronson Pinochot is the best!

Mr Pinchot could read a grocery list and make it sound good-He almost does just that when he reads advertisements in another book called Horrorstor which I didn't care for, but not due to Mr. Pinchot-he made it bearable.
In a book called Ambergris, he reads "footnotes" in an extremely hysterical way-It gets funnier as he goes.
As for this book, I love all the old school silly det movies & books so I loved it. Not a long and realistic novel here but it did pass the time & had me laughing. If you dislike silly slightly dark humor mixed with an old school film Noir feel this one isn't for you. But if you like hearing ridiculous antics & daydreams of a mediocre to inept detective mixed with Walter Mitty then you will love this. Longer than a short story but much shorter than a full novel it will have some shaking their heads and some laughing. I just want to know what happened with "Smith Smith & the Shadow People"
*Spoiler Alert-it is disappointing that readers don't find out. I guess we have to use our imagination for that one!
Happy Reading to you😆