Joey Slinger



"Finally! Joey Slinger has written his first novel--and it's about damn time. Punch Line is a raucous tale, deftly told, of murder and its machinations, set in a nursing home peopled entirely with eccentrics. A terrific read."
— Will Ferguson

"Joey Slinger lures you into an ominous geriatric world where you shudder and wince in those moments when you're not laughing out loud."
— William Weintraub

"Slinger is the funniest writer in Canada."
— Michael Enright

After the death of his wife, Ballantine has time on his hands. He needs a hobby, a purpose, a focus. What better way to assuage his aching loneliness and restore justice than to track down and murder the assholes who caused her to die?

It's a modest idea, but it takes planning, and what with meals to make, pills to take and laundry to do, Ballantine is overworked. He needs a support system—the kind that only a retirement home can offer.

The Cloister is a typical retirement facility, populated by lawyers, druggists, computer buffs, electronics geeks, knitting ladies, discount stock promoters, self-proclaimed messiahs, money launderers, school principals, explosives experts and arms dealers. The 81-year-old Ballantine is their man of mystery, a force whose rusting mind and unreliable digestion galvanizes their hold over life and death.

Does it matter that Dixon, the all-powerful chief executive of The Cloister, and Borofsky, a cop at the tail end of his career, may be on to them? Yes and no. With a bunch of aging homicidal maniacs, even the death penalty is no deterrent.

Key Porter World Rights Fall 2005



"...a fascinating, funny and truly wild book... Down & Dirty Birding is...Dave Barry does birds."

Mike Capuzzo,
author of Wild Things

Birdwatching is not for the faint of spirit, writes Joey Slinger, an award-winning humorist and a serious birdwatcher.

This unique guide will beguile and lead the beginner, instruct and reaffirm the committed, and entertain the armchair birder. Presenting the drama of bird life (and its watchers) in all its gory treachery, Down & Dirty Birding is packed with useful information.

There are six sections:

- Birders ("Don't call yourself an ornithologist unless you are one. Someone might ask you about the endocrine system. Then what do you say.")
- Bird Behaviour: (Covers topics including bathing,             cannibalism, homosexuality, sleep, etc.)
- Bird Parts (Feathers, wings, genitals, etc.)
- Inside Dope
- Down & Dirty's Surefire Tricks For Figuring Out Which Damn Bird is Which
- Quickstart: How to Get At It
- Vacation Hotspots
Key Porter Can/96
Simon and Schuster US/96

Joey Slinger is the author of two previous books, No Axe Too Small to Grind which won the prestigious Leacock Medal for Humor, and If It's A Jungle Out There, Why Do I Have to Mow the Lawn. His fans include American humorist Art Buchwald who wrote: "I started reading the inside cover and, much to my amazement, I laughed. Then I read one article after another and laughed some more."



Leacock Medal for Humour, praised by Art Buchwald.

McClelland and Stewart