By Tony Hendra
The acclaimed satirist and bestselling writer of Father Joe poses the query, may we realize the messiah if he seemed this present day? and grants, within the phrases of Frank McCourt, "just what the rustic wishes now--a solid dose of merriment within the face of crawthumping righteousness."
In the now not so far-off way forward for Tony Hendra's novel, the tide of righteousness--in the shape of executions, barking evangelists, tank-like SUVs, and a film run completely by way of the Christian right--has swept the kingdom. other than the non-white, the non-Christian, and the non-wealthy, all are believers. one of the skeptics is a washed-up journalist named Johnny Greco, who hears of a media-shy younger guy referred to as "Jay"roaming via ghettos, therapeutic the unwell, and tossing off miracles. Soft-spoken and shabbily dressed, Jay is an not likely savior for this antsy and illiberal the USA. yet as he makes his rounds, gathers fans, and makes livid enemies one of the righteous powers that be, Johnny unearths it tougher and more durable to doubt him.