A Novel

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When Odell's car breaks down on the way to an army enlistment office, he accepts an offer to stay at a place in town until his truck is fixed, but a series of misadventures turn his life from bad to worse.

Blackwell North Amer

Odell Deefus, who's not the sharpest tool in the shed, has one goal: to "try my hardest to be a good soldier against the mad dog Islamites." But while driving to an army enlistment office in Callisto, Kansas, his '78 Chevy breaks down on the side of a country road, and it's only the beginning of his troubles. When he accepts a local's offer of shelter until the car is repaired, things go from bad to worse—worse as in murder, drug dealers, tenacious televangelists . . . and finding himself a prime target of the FBI, which thinks he's a member of a terrorist sleeper cell. And none of it bodes well for his unrequited crush on Condoleezza Rice. But fear, rash judgments, and extreme reactions are simply the norm in a post-9/11 world. Odell will just have to deal with it.

& Taylor

Odell Deefus--not the sharpest tool in the shed--breaks down on the side of a country road on his way to an army enlistment office in Callisto, Kansas, but when a local offers Odell a place to stay until his truck is fixed, Odell's life goes from bad to worse as one mishap after another befalls the poor, unfortunate narrator. Original.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780061672941
Characteristics: 437 p. ; 21 cm


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Mar 18, 2011

Terrific book! Krol is a storyteller, a provocative prankster, with an unbeatable humor and humanity underlying his works.

Jan 17, 2011

A modern day Huckleberry Finn. The best book I read last year. Wonderfully entertaining, funny, thrilling, inventive and insightful.

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