On the 12th floor of the Acme Building,
on a cold February day in St. Paul, Guy Noir looks down the barrel of a loaded revolver in the hands of geezer gangster Joey Roast Beef who is demanding to hear what lucrative scheme Guy is cooking up with stripper-turned-women's-studies professor Naomi Fallopian. Everyone wants to know — Joey, Lieutenant McCafferty, reporter Gene Williker, Guy's ex-girlfriend Sugar O'Toole, the despicable Larry B. Larry, the dreamboat Scarlett Anderson, Mr. Kress of the FDA — and Guy faces them one by one, as he and Naomi pursue a dream of earning gazillions by selling a surefire method of dramatic weight loss. In this whirlwind caper Guy looks death in the eye, falls in love, and faces off with the capo del capo del grande primo capo Johnny Banana.

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With Tim Russell and Sue Scott, and music by Rich Dworsky


On Wednesday, May 2, Tim Russell, Sue Scott, and Rich Dworsky joined Garrison for a dramatized reading of the novel at Common Good Books in St. Paul, MN

Watch a performance of Chapter One from the May 2 event

Photos from the May 2 live performance

  • Garrison introduces the book and the night's performance
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  • With an underscore by Rich Dworsky
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  • Guy receives a call from his landlady, Doris
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  • "...his thinning black hair slicked back, peering out through thick black hornrims..."
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  • Joey Roast Beef demands his cut of the scheme
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  • Tim Russell and Sue Scott
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