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Book Review: Pianist in a Bordello by Mike C. Erickson

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categories: Book, Historical Fiction, Humor and Satire, Literary Fiction, Humor, Comic, Comedy, Political Humor, Historical Humor, Satire

Mike C. Erickson

Author Mike C. Ericksonabout this book: What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth—the whole truth?

Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency—and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.

And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.

He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas—three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.

Are voters really ready for the whole truth?

Are you?

Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.


"I don't ever bandy around the words "tour de force," but Pianist in a Bordello knocked my socks off. Yes, I too, was reminded of Catch-22 by its glib tone and pacing. I also felt a little Hunter S. Thompson. Maybe some John Kennedy Toole... Every once in a while, I come across someone who is simply outstanding. Bravo, Mr. Erickson."- EM Kaplan, author of Josie Tucker novels.

"The author combines highly effective Joseph Heller-style political and social satire with some surprisingly touching personal moments... Erickson welds all of these elements together into a hugely enjoyable comic novel. A fast-paced, raucous tour through the last half-century alongside a modern-day Candide."- Kirkus Reviews.

Nominee of Underground Book Review's Book of the Year, Recipient of the BRAG Medallion, Northern California Publishers and Authors—third place general fiction. Two first-place certificates by the Colorado Independent Publishers.

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This engaging title becomes even more fun when you learn that it refers to politics. Richard Youngblood is running for office and has chosen to publish an honest, tell-all autobiography to anticipate the public's every possible question about him. I enjoyed it all, especially since his views on education and fondness for honesty reflect my own. This may be a first novel, but the writing is quite accomplished.

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