This is the story of the earliest unwitting Conspiracy Kid Fan Club members: Edwin Mars (poet), Joe Claude (billionaire), Walter Cornelius (werewolf), Muriel Cohen (chef), to name but a few.
Or, as Edwin Mars, being a poet, puts it:
This is the story of Joe Claude and me,
And of my son and the sisters he loved,
And of their father, how he came to be
In a graveyard - naked and uni-gloved;
Hamburgers, hurricanes, murder and string,
Werewolves and waiters and barmen and cooks,
From Maine to Biloxi, Mayfair to Pring,
Furniture, ketamine, golfing and books;
Marriages made and broken and mended
Under the shadow of loved ones who died.
See how the grieving billionaire ended
Up in that prison where laughter’s proscribed.
Will he be rescued then? Read and find out
What The Conspiracy Kid’s all about.
The Conspiracy Kid is one of those books, that after I had finished reading, spent quite a few days thinking about. I recently read the beginning again, just to get the relationships between characters straight in my mind. What I can say is that this book is a little hard to classify into a specific genre, other than contemporary humorous fiction, and I did find myself laughing out loud at various points. I also liked the fact that it was set in the UK, and as such, there was a lot of British humor in it which I really enjoyed. Most of the book is dialogue, and I could hear a lot of the character's accents in my mind.
I also thought the characters had very distinctive personalities, and were well developed. Out of all of them, the one that stood out the most in my opinion is Joe Claude, the billionaire, and that's based on his introduction at the beginning of the book, and everything that follows. I also liked Fergus, the Scottish chef at Muriel and Richard's restaurant Red, White, and Blues. I also liked Edwin, and his poem, The Conspiracy Kid Fan Club. That's where the title of the book comes from, and by the end of the novel, it makes a lot of sense.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. My rating is 4/5 Platypires.