Pub Date: Fall
The new novel by the author of the 2002 Edgar Award Finalist Gun
Monkeys. Hilariously funny crime novel about a down and out
teacher in a backwoods school, who gets in over his head after an
PISTOL POETS is in numerous ways politically incorrect, which decent
satire almost has to be, and its twisted tale of gangsters and poets, if
not profound, will brighten the day of anyone blessed with a sense of
--The Washington Post
deftly weaves together these elements and more and comes up with plenty
of laughs...all embedded within a small war of bullets and blood. This
is a far-fetched but fast and viciously enjoyable read."
you liked the lunatic pace and dark humor of Victor Gischler's "Gun
Monkeys," you should be equally delighted by his second effort--an
assault on what passes for academia at a sleepy school called Eastern
"Gischler, who teaches at a university in Oklahoma, knows how to
make his characters not only hilarious caricatures, but also just
intelligent enough to be worth rooting for. The Pistol Poets might not
have the literary cachet of other campus life novels, such as Richard
Russo's Straight Man, but it's just as funny and twice as off the wall.
It should have been called Poetic Justice."
--Rocky Mountain News
"While Pelecanos and Lehane are very good, and Scott Phillips is a
talent to be reckoned with, Victor Gischler is the real deal.
The author of GUN MONKEYS has come back with something even
better….In the midst of mayhem, Gischler has constructed the best
send-up of academia I have ever encountered in a crime novel….THE
PISTOL POETS is pounding, relentless and breathless.
And it's a fantastic book."
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