This is a comic masterpiece about love, art, greed and the banking crisis, from the author of Skippy Dies. What links the Investment Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, hots with an s, don't ask), an art heist, a novel called For the Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man? You guessed it.
?Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair . . .? And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin?s Seabrook College for Boys. Principally concerning the lives, loves, mistakes and triumphs of overweight maths-whiz Ruprecht Van Doren and his roommate Daniel ?Skippy? Juster, it features a frisbee-throwing siren called Lori, the joys (and horrors) of first love, the use and blatant misuse of prescription drugs, Carl (the official school psychopath), various attempts to unravel string theory .