Lionel Kaspar quits his safe-but-dull health department job and bullshits his way into a journalist’s position at a local newspaper. However, Kaspar soon realises that it’s much easier – and more profitable- to just make up stories rather than do any actual reporting.
Chris Rhatigan’s Squeeze is just great. Lionel Kaspar is one of the sleaziest and most amoral fictional creations of recent times and easily one of of the most enjoyable. Imagine Melville’s Bartleby crossed with Henry Chinaski and Tom Ripley and you’re halfway there.
Squeeze is smart, askew, laugh out loud funny, and, of course, not for those of a delicate sensibility.