Monday, October 31, 2005

Scooter Libby the, uh, novelist

OK, you now know that Irve Lewis "Scooter" Libby has just been indicted on five felony counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and some other things. You know he's resigned as the Chief of Staff for Dick Cheney. But did you know that he is also a novelist?
...From 1982 until 1985, he served as director of special projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. It was perhaps this post that inspired him to write "The Apprentice," his 1996 thriller that takes place in 1903 Japan.

The novel earned Libby favorable reviews. The Boston Globe called The Apprentice an "alluring novel of intrigue" while the New York Times Book Review said Libby's "storytelling skill neatly mixes conspiratorial murmurs with a boy's emotional turmoil."

Well, now you know. Since the indictment, Libby's book, The Apprentice (St. Martin's Press), has jumped from #16,249 in sales on to #379, as of Friday evening.

This from Writer's Blog (a commercial faux-blog) thanks to Talk of the Town which has a few salacious quotes...

...Like his predecessors, Libby does not shy from the scatological. The narrative makes generous mention of lice, snot, drunkenness, bad breath, torture, urine, “turds,” armpits, arm hair, neck hair, pubic hair, pus, boils, and blood (regular and menstrual). One passage goes, “At length he walked around to the deer’s head and, reaching into his pants, struggled for a moment and then pulled out his...

...well, you get the idea. Just a bit of trivia for Halloween night. A peek at the dark side of this administration's flow chart. Nothing sinister or illegal, you know. But nevertheless revealing .

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