Meet Jim Haskin. He's forty years old. He's worth around thirty-five million. He runs his own San Francisco ad firm, American Weather. AmWe's image is green and forward-looking: if your product is upcycled, or hydro or vegan, they'll make you an ad. However, behind the scenes, Jim supports the old captains of American industry: bleach, beer, guns.
One day Jim is asked to come up with something extra-special. The scheme he devises brings together a Death Row inmate, pay-per-view television, and most of America's largest corporations.
Everything is set for it to be his greatest achievement yet.
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A strident satire on the American-dream-turned-nightmare... The writing is sharp and clever - Guardian
Charles McLeod’s writing is very special...crisp and rhythmical, sometimes almost poetic... Bright and sparky - Evening Standard
A strong, original voice and sharp wit - Irish Examiner
Raucous, so original... Stunningly good writing... Scorching humour -
This is a wonderfully wicked book that has the potential to impress or offend, depending on your sensibilities. It’s like nothing else I’ve read this year, and Jim is such a hideously lovable rogue that even with all his bad behaviour, I couldn’t help but think he’d be a great person to have in your circle of friends - Bookbag
A solid debut by an author with a strong, original voice and sharp wit - Yorkshire Evening Post
Charles McLeod's fiction has appeared in publications including Conjunctions, DOSSIER, Five Chapters, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and on Salon. A Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, he has also received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and San Jose State University, where he was a Steinbeck Fellow.