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General Information

Name:  James Finn Garner  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1961 in Detroit, Michigan

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Garner moved to Chicago after college.

Biographical and Professional Information

James Finn Garner's best known book is "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories", which spent 64 weeks on the New York Times Best-seller list, including six weeks in the top position. The book was also a best-seller in England and Canada, and has been translated into more than 25 languages. Its sequels, "Once Upon A More Enlightened Time" and "Politically Correct Holiday Stories", were also best sellers around the world.

His latest work is a mystery series set in a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers. "Rex Koko, Private Clown" is the world's first and only hero of Clown Noir, a mashup of "Freaks" and "The Maltese Falcon". Titles include "Honk Honk, My Darling" (2011 Book of the Year, Chicago Writers Association), "Double Indignity" and "The Wet Nose of Danger" (2014 Book of the Year, CWA). Babes! Bullets! Banana peels! Please count your change before you leave the window.

Among his other books are "Tea Party Fairy Tales" (a Kindle Single Exclusive from Amazon) "Recut Madness" and "Apocalypse WOW!: A Memoir for the End of Time".

A former columnist with Chicago Magazine, Garner's writing has been broadcast on NPR and the BBC, and appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Playboy, and TV Guide.


Honk, Honk, My Darling

Indie Book of the Year Award, Chicago Writers Association, 2011

The Wet Nose of Danger

Book of the Year, Chicago Writers Association, 2014

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Apocalypse wow! :
ISBN: 0684836491. OCLC Number: 36509637

Simon & Schuster,. .

The author shares his observations on the New Age world, UFO conspiracies, the Internet, the apocalypse, commercialism, harmonic convergences, numerology, and other topics.

Double indignity :
ISBN: 1499650817. OCLC Number: 904411414

[J. Garner],. .

Rex is begged to bring in an escaped lion and loses his shoe in the process. While getting the footwear replaced, he runs afoul of several characters on the streets of Top Town.

Honk honk, my darling :
ISBN: 1468087088. OCLC Number: 801538461

[publisher not identified],. .

In Top Town, a ghetto full of washed-up circus lifers in the shadow of a big city, Rex Koko is a pariah. Yet this clown's brand of chaos helps him solve the most heinous crimes, as he tries to earn personal redemption. Rex is hired by an aging trapeze star to bring back his wayward wife. Every time Rex comes close to finding her, other flyers come to gruesome and spectacular ends ...

Once upon a more enlightened time :
ISBN: 002860444X. OCLC Number: 32378464

Macmillan,. .

Includes "politically correct" versions of The little mermaid and Sleeping Beauty.

Politically correct bedtime stories /
ISBN: 028563223X. OCLC Number: 32747344

Souvenir Press,. .

Politically correct holiday stories :
ISBN: 0671719661. OCLC Number: 43134031

Simon & Schuster,. .

Politically Correct Pinocchio
ISBN: 1732658900. OCLC Number:

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Recut madness :
ISBN: 1568583362. OCLC Number: 123438295

Thunder's Mouth Press,. .

Why suffer through another movie that offends your values just to get a glimpse of Nicole Kidman naked? Now you don't have to. Recut Madness rewrites favorite films for our polarized times. Whether conservative or liberal, red state or blue--your views need never be challanged at the movies again!

The wet nose of danger :
ISBN: 1502592703. OCLC Number: 904411428

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"Now taking jobs as a for-real-you-betcha detective, Rex is hired by a rich widow to find her missing pedigreed dog. Soon he's howling that he shoulda stayed among his kinkers of Top Town, as he's hounded by a shady politician, his joey-jumping wife, a cross-dressing mob boss, runaway freaks, a rogue elephant seal, and a silent-but-deadly trafficker in human misery."--Back cover.