by Nate Granzow
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Pub Date 01 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2023
2021 Best Independent Book Award winner, 2021 Minnesota Book Awards finalist, and 2021 IAN Book of the Year Awards finalist.
Antonio Espinar, capo of Mexico's nefarious Las Brujas cartel and foosball fanatic, has no love for the media. In fact, he has a history of hanging the corpses of reporters he's murdered from highway overpasses as a sign to stay out of his business. So if a journalist could get an interview with him and survive it, they would no doubt get the attention of everyone in the world--including the Pulitzer board. But it would take someone fearless to do it.
Travel writer Nick Ripley is not fearless. He's desperate. Desperate to win his wife back after losing their life savings in a real-estate scam. Desperate enough to not only interview Espinar face to face, but to offer to write the man's biography--for a paltry 10 million dollars.
Surprise: Espinar accepts.
Bigger surprise: Espinar pays out the 10 million in marijuana. An American ton of grade-A bobo bush.
Saddled with this burdensome prize, Nick and his sticky-fingered fixer, Manu Paulo, must find a way to smuggle their truckload of contraband across the border and sell it to reap their payday. Further complicating matters, Manu liberated Espinar's prized pet emu, Idiota, before their departure.
Now, Espinar wants their heads--and his bird back. A modern Amazonian village wants to keep them as sex slaves. An oddball trio of criminals with a penchant for the occult and explosives wants to steal their goods. And every law enforcement agency from Mexico City to Manitoba wants them locked up.
Can they escape with their lives and come away with a fortune? Or will they find themselves digging their own graves in the middle of cartel country?
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Nate Granzow's "Get Idiota" is an exhilarating plunge into a world brimming with chaos, absurdity, and relentless humor that recalls the zany narratives of Carl Hiaasen or the witticism of a Dave Barry fiction piece. It's a book that unapologetically revels in its over-the-top scenarios and characters, and the result is a story that keeps you grinning from beginning to end.
In the center of the narrative whirlwind is the down-on-his-luck Canadian travel journalist, Nick Ripley, who's so desperate to reclaim his life that he embarks on a perilous if not suicidal, quest: to interview the notorious capo of Mexico's Las Brujas cartel, Antonio Espinar. His unlikely partner in crime is Manu Paulo, a kleptomaniac Samoan fixer who matches Nick's desperation with his outrageous audacity.
Their escapade takes an unexpected turn when they find themselves possessing $10,000,000 worth of Espinar's marijuana and his pet emu, Idiota. A series of madcap misadventures follows that catapult the hapless duo from one outlandishly dangerous situation to another, keeping readers on their toes with each new twist.
The verbal banter between Nick and Manu is one of the book's many delights, their camaraderie providing a comedic backdrop that enriches the narrative. The story moves quickly, driven by the hilarious mishaps and escalating stakes that make each chapter feel like a new adventure.
"Get Idiota" shines brightly in its ability to find humor in desperate circumstances. Granzow's knack for digging out nuggets of comedy from the most unlikely places is commendable. His characters, oddballs with their own set of quirks, make you laugh out loud, while the peculiar situations they find themselves in offer an element of surprise that prevents the story from being predictable.
This book isn't just about the laughs, though. It's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the lengths one can go to reclaim a life that's fallen apart. Even in their descent into a life of crime, Nick and Manu show a surprising depth of character that keeps you rooting for them.
In "Get Idiota," Granzow delivered a rollicking ride. This black comedy thoroughly entertains you with its clever humor, wacky characters, and compelling plot. If crime capers and outrageous humor are your cup of tea, then this is a book you cannot afford to miss.