'Thwacker:' Comic Chris Elliott's Novel Debut Chris Elliott, son of the venerable humorist-performer Bob Elliott and a former Late Night with David Letterman gofer-turned-writer, has crafted a mystery-history, tragi-comedy, time-traveling work of literary fiction.
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'Thwacker:' Comic Chris Elliott's Novel Debut

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'Thwacker:' Comic Chris Elliott's Novel Debut

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Best known for his wacky appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, Chris Elliott tries out his literary skills with a novel about a demented serial killer. Miramax Books hide caption

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Comedian Chris Elliott has just published his first novel. It's a mystery thriller called The Shroud of the Thwacker.

Elliott has tried his hand as an author before. His first book was a Father's Day parody of Mommie Dearest called Daddy's Boy, which he wrote with his father, famous straight man Bob Elliott.

But Thwacker presents a true departure for Elliott: It is a full-blown mystery-history, tragi-comedy, time-traveling work of literary fiction. There's a plot. And characters. And themes. And 358 hardbound pages.

Elliott discusses his fiction debut with host Liane Hansen.

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