A fiendishly entertaining book... The imaginative power Grossman deploys in Crooked is staggering.
Ingenious... Grossman succeeds in making his fantastic explanation seem more believable than the truth. This novel works as gleeful satire, as wacky alternate history, and as thriller, but what really shines is the character study at its center.
Riffs on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos in all its eldritch glory and creates an antihero as tormented as any Marvel or DC villain: Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States.
An audacious genre-bending novel...a fine job of combining history, thriller, and weird tale.
A funny, intelligent fictional take on Nixon, in which our man has a lot more than dark omens, Dan Rather and subpoenas to worry about... clever.
At once wildly imaginative and deeply intimate, CROOKED is a demonically fun political thriller. The brilliance of Austin Grossman is in making big stories personal, even when the big story is super-powered presidents and intercontinental necromantic missiles.
A brilliant mix: the flawed antihero, self-detesting and yet driven, cast as the punchline to every American political joke right up to the Clinton impeachment. Throw in the Cthulhu mythos and some meticulous historical research and you've got a novel that transcends satire and stands on its own. This would be an amazing book even if you'd never heard of Richard Nixon.
Grossman's vision of the secret history of Richard M. Nixon is as eerie and absorbing as it is fantastically ludicrous... a beautifully tangled mix of ambition, bitterness, isolation and self-mockery, leavened with a noble sense of self-sacrifice.