by John Marshall
“A gloriously silly work in the grand tradition of mob comedy that goes all the way back to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot.” — Tony Hendra, National Lampoon
“The amazing John Marshall hilariously captures ‘family’ dynamics with something I thought impossible—a brilliant new twist.” —Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator, The Daily Show, Ms. Magazine; Director, Corporate Accountability Project, NCWO; Equal Time with Martha Burk, KSFR
“[John Marshall’s] debut novel, The Greenfather, is an absolute gem! I just finished it and can’t wait to read it again and again!” — Adam Wade, 20-Time Moth Champion
THE GREENFATHER is the hilarious debut novel from Emmy-nominated comedy writer, John S. Marshall. A shrewd satire for our times, THE GREENFATHER strikes the heart of current issues of dispute between environmentally aware, organic, green supporters and classic, conservative scofflaws of the crime family genre – all with hysterical results.
Simon, New York’s top organic grocery store owner has a secret: his dad is the head of one of New York’s biggest mob families. When his dad dies, Simon agrees to head the Family, provided that instead of murder, numbers and other rackets, the mob uses its muscle to enforce green regulations and promote healthy eating habits. At first the mob’s hit men and extortionists resent being pressed into green service, but they soon become Simon’s biggest supporters. Seemingly overnight, the city becomes literally cleaned up. Simon, who had planned on succeeding his dad only temporarily, now finds he likes his new position as the head of the Family. However, the green world doesn’t accept him because he’s running a crime family, and the crime world doesn’t trust him because he’s run afoul of the Feds.
Loosely based on Mario Puzo’s runaway hit The Godfather, THE GREENFATHER showcases Marshall’s comic dialogue, honed from his years as a writer for late night television. In the grand tradition of classic mob comedy, like Analyze This and Analyze That. THE GREENFATHER is packed with larger than life goons, right-hand men, Feds, and green-fanatics. THE GREENFATHER is one of the funniest books of the year, maybe decade, and will have readers busting a gut on every page.
by John Marshall
Fiction/Satire | 256 pp. / $15.95
978-1-941110-51-5 (trade paper) • 978-1-941110-52-2 (ebook)
Publication date: May 16, 2017
High Praise for The Greenfather
“At The Final Edition Radio Hour we know John as one of our most uncompromising political satirists, but The Greenfather has him in far more genial mode as he explores the delicious comic premise of a mob capo with a social conscience. Every chapter is crammed with fall-on-the-floor funny dialogue as he pursues this premise to its absurd—though logical—conclusion. The Greenfather is a gloriously silly work in the grand tradition of mob comedy that goes all the way back to Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot.” —Tony Hendra, Co-Editor-in-Chief, National Lampoon; Co-Producer, The Final Edition Radio Hour
“The amazing John Marshall hilariously captures ‘family’ dynamics with something I thought impossible—a brilliant new twist.” —Lizz Winstead, Co-Creator, The Daily Show; Co-Founder, Lady Parts Justice
“I’ve been a long time fan of John Marshall and his brilliant, comedic mind. His debut novel, The Greenfather, is an absolute gem! I just finished it and can’t wait to read it again and again!” —Adam Wade, 20-Time Moth Champion
About the Author
John S. Marshall
John S. Marshall is an Emmy-nominated writer who lives in New York City with his wife Meredith, an actress, photographer, and environmentalist, and Baxter, a Maltese rescue. John has written for The Chris Rock Show, Politically Incorrect, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, the remake of The Electric Company, and many other shows. He has also written for The Huffington Post, MAD Magazine, and Bazooka Joe Comics and has performed improv with Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City. He wrote for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and Colin Quinn’s Weekend Update on SNL. His upcoming projects include Death & Faxes, an animated series about the Grim Reaper and a comic update of Washington Irving’s story about the Headless Horseman called The Legend of North Tarrytown.
THE GREENFATHER is his first novel.