By Moshe Sipper
CreateSpace, $12.99, 324 pages
The Peaceful Affair is most likely the best book ever. It is utterly ridiculous, completely hilarious and disarmingly clever. Subtle? Not so much. But who needs subtlety when you’ve got everything else in the world going for you? Not this book and not its author, Moshe Sipper, who has probably crafted the best book in the entire history of bookism.
The novel tells the story of detective Noro Myx, who is recruited by the President of the United States, John Doe, to search for the missing, top-secret War Treaties, the absence of which could result in much-feared and wholly destructive nuclear peace. However, things are often not as they seem, and Myx — along with his assistants, the heart-stopping and enticing Miss Lipps, the tall dwarf and the small giant — find that the mystery of the War Treaties is much more complex than anyone could have guessed.
With a cast of characters as wholly bizarre and entertaining as the plot — including a mental patient, pseudonym Edgar, who speaks exclusively in verses from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” — The Peaceful Affair is nothing less than a rollicking good time. Sipper’s cleverness and talent for wordplay works perfectly with the over-the-top storyline, and there is no point where this book is anything but a pure joy to read.
Reviewed by Ashley McCall