Just finished Warren Ellis’ Crooked Little Vein. Perverted sex, perverted politics, perverted perverts, there’s a lot of perversion in one tiny book. And running right through is the “boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl” story line, even if boy is an aging private detective with dubious skills and Trix, his side kick assistant, working on her thesis of weird sex practices. Some of the story is just plain gross and creepy, but the end of the story rescued it for me. The politics of manipulation of values by the political powers is still intriguing. The hunt for the old book containing the real “design of American society, and twenty-three Invisible Amendments”, the other Constitution, lays the groundwork for the adventure of Mike McGill and Trix. Information delivered by one scary presidential chief of staff and “men in black.” Along the journey are memorable characters, some disturbingly so but Zack Pickles, purveyor of porn, and honest news is my favorite.
Warren Ellis, best known for his graphic novels, Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Fell and Ministry of Space, which I feel I now must try, has given us a view of “mainstream” America that we would rather not know about, insanely corrupt government, which we do know about and a surprisely sweet love story.