by Joe Nelms
Brad Fingerman was a hip art director in the glamorous world of New York advertising. He had the respect of his peers, a beautiful, loving wife, and a bright, promising future.
That is, his future was bright before he spectacularly nuked his career, discovered his wife’s part-time job of sleeping with other men, and witnessed a high-profile Mafia hit in a Midtown elevator.
Now, Brad’s unemployed, divorced, and the government’s key witness in a major murder trial. And one other problem: Brad didn’t actually see the murder. Yes, he was one of the two people present in the 4’ by 7’ Otis, but it’s easy to miss things when your life has so dramatically flamed out.
So Brad lied.
He told the FBI he saw everything, abandoned his old life in New York, and joined the Witness Protection Program, putting his new identity in the hands of an equally self-involved agent with her career on the make and a frighteningly committed bodyguard. Now he has to fake his way through the trial of the century and try to reassemble a meaningful life as the Mob methodically assassinates his fellow witnesses.
Formerly Fingerman is funny, fast-paced commentary on the aggressive culture of American social climbing—like Joshua Ferris’ Then We Came to the End with guns—and presents an irreverent, egotistical antihero for the Maxim generation.
North American publisher: Tyrus Books/F+W Media (January 2015)
Foreign rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Film rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
One of the funniest books I’ve read in years.”—Lily Tomlin
This tautly paced, very witty novel will delight anyone intrigued by the chance to start over.”—Booklist
If A Confederacy of Dunces and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had a baby, it would be best friends with Formerly Fingerman. An energy drink for the funny bone.”—Jane Wagner, author of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Riveting, hilarious and strangely moving, this novel will catch you from the first sentence, and keep you caught until it lets you go, spent and wiser … This is a writer to watch.”—Robert Goolrick, author of #1 New York Times bestseller A Reliable Wife
Formerly Fingerman starts with a man in a chicken suit and just gets funnier from there. This is a delightful read—Joe Nelms is a talent to watch!”—W. Bruce Cameron, author of the bestselling 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Please enjoy the rantings of this genius lunatic. This book is hilarious!” —Artie Lange, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish