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Book Review

‘This Is Your Captain Speaking’ by Jon Methven

To attempt a detailed plot summary of Jon Methven’s relentlessly inventive debut novel would be folly, so I’ll stick to the essentials.

A plane carrying 162 passengers loses power and makes a miraculous emergency landing in the Hudson River, propelling the pilot to instant media stardom. It is here that the novel departs, rather hysterically, from recent real-life events. The crash, it seems, is a stunt engineered by a diabolical public relations man, known as Blackie Spin, to save the failing airline. Two passengers — a disgraced celebrity reporter named Lucy Springer and a man named Normal Fulk, who traffics in celebrity semen — get wise to the hoax.

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