by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel


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Philip Horkman is a happy man, the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for a local kids’ soccer league. Jeffrey Peckerman is the proud and loving father of a star athlete in the girls’ ten-and-under soccer league, and he’s not exactly happy with the ref.

The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, subversives, bears, revolutionaries, pirates, and a black ops team that does not exist. Where all that takes them you can’t even begin to guess, but the literary journey there is a masterpiece of inspiration, chaos, and unadulterated, well, lunacy. And they might even learn a lesson or two along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253373
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 335,704
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dave Barry is proud to have been elected Class Clown by the Pleasantville High School class of 1965. From 1983 to 2004, he wrote a weekly humor column for the Miami Herald, which in 1988 won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He is the author of some thirty books. His most recent bestsellers include his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; his Christmas story The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far); and I’ll Mature When I’m Dead. Barry lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with his family and a domestic staff of forty-seven.

Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer who the New York Times said has “earned his place in the pantheon of American pop culture.” He is the winner of lots and lots of Emmy Awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Monk, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and PBS’s Great Performances. He won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman and collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award–winning play 700 Sundays. Zweibel and his wife, Robin, live in Short Hills, New Jersey, because they enjoy paying exorbitantly high property taxes.


Miami, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Armonk, New York


B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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“Putting Barry and Zweibel in close proximity is sort of like juggling torches while walking a wire over a vat of kerosene; sooner or later, there’s gonna be a big, big bang. A rocket-fueled romp whose pages practically turn themselves.”—BookPage

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Lunatics: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
SillyGoose More than 1 year ago
My mothere read the book I did the audio (which is read by authors- even better). I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. I am talking giggle cackle haha funny stuff. It will be hard to find a book that compares to this humor. I hope they make a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Dave Barry humor. I laughed out loud while reading. However, the language is sometimes offensive and over the top, so some people might not enjoy this novel.
ReadadaBeada More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed "Lunatics" and would gladly read another collaboration by these two. I love being able to read in the car in the dark on long trips thanks to my Nook Color and spent a long car trip reading this book out loud to my husband. I got tired of telling him- "you have to read this book, it is HILARIOUS!" Lots and lots of laugh out loud moments. --ReadadaBeada
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific book! I laughed out loud so hard i scared the dog & pissed off my partner. I have not enjoyed a book in SO long. Seriously - I did not want this book to end, I was having so much fun. If I don't die of cancer it is totally because of all thevgreat energy I generated from laughing my ass off for 2 days! If you want to live to 100 ... buy this book. Better than tofu & goes down a helluva lot easier!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dave Barry so decided to give this one a try. The story is hilarious, and of course completely unbelievable, but so creative and funny that I couldn't stop laughing in the beginning. I thought the ending could have been better, they kind of lost me with the whole presidential campaign thing. All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
mcduff1495 More than 1 year ago
What an apt title for a book like this. Phillip and Jeffery really are lunatics. I've had to stop read several time because I was laughing so hard. The whole premise is out there but it is so funny you can't stop reading. These two authors have written a great book that I would recommend to everyone you won't be sorry.
KC23 More than 1 year ago
I am not even done reading this book and I have laughed to the point of crying at least twice. The premise is ridiculous, but that's what makes it so funny. You should check it out! It works perfect on the NookColor, too, and it was the second book I bought for my Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Dave Barry's two solo novels for adults, "Big Trouble" and "Tricky Business," so my disappointment with this one is, frankly, easy to blame on his co-author, Alan Zweibel. The two main characters were completely unlovable, the plot went from "wild and crazy" to "asinine and stupid," and the language seemed ridiculously heavy with profanity. (This last in contrast to Dave Barry's solo novels, which, yes, had profanity-- but didn't have anything *like* the amount of profanity in "Lunatics.") Overall, I cannot recommend this one.
psychedforreading More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing out loud! I would definitely recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the story line was entertaining the language was atrocious and vulgar!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
100% improbable, but amusing and appealing. I wanted to keep reading to the end to find out what crazy thing would happen next. Remember the movie Forrest Gump? Where there were all those photos of historic events and Forrest's face showed up in the photos? That's a parallel to the improbability of this book. Enjoyable read!
brendajanefrank on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Note: This is a pre-publication review.If you like Jerry Lewis you will probably enjoy ¿Lunatics.¿ If you are the type of person who laughs out loud when reading funny books, you will probably like ¿Lunatics.¿ If you are that type of person, do not read this while eating because you are likely to spew food all over the book and your dining companions. Getting the idea?Without giving away any of the ¿plot,¿ you can get a sense of ¿Lunatics¿ by this list of words taken from the story, in no particular order: clothing optional cruise, compost, lawyers, scrotum, Zumba, Pez, lemur, pirates, Jeffrey Dahmer, bananas, Amway, Mary Kay, naked, diarrhea, nun, ¿Dildo of Doom,¿ bears escaped from the zoo, Chuck E. Cheese, Charo, laser hair removal, Spaghetti O¿s, insulin pump, anus, yodel and Donald Trump. Hats off to authors Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. I was really impressed that they could keep this story going for 330 pages. What a remarkable achievement!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just ridiculous (in the best way) and fantastic. Two men (Horkman and Peckerman) become embroiled in political intrigue through no fault of their own. Rushed from place to place they save the world (kind of). Oh, and they can't stand each other. Just great comedic writing.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While this book won't change your life long-term, it certainly will make you laugh. Barry and Zweibel write characters who are at opposite ends of the spectrum, neither believable on their own to me, but who play off one another perfectly, finding a balance between them.This is the story of Horkman and Peckerman, two men who take a trip so fantastic and surreal, yet vividly close to home, I wonder how soon until I hear about them on NPR as real life news stories.As the political conventions are coming up, I hope to Bob we have our own versions of Horkman and Peckerman who ride into the parties on their white horses.
kaulsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For what the book was trying to be, I should have given it 5 stars. It was silly beyond imagining (unless one has an imagination like Dave Barry, evidently), which fulfilled its mission admirably. But really! I am passing it along to my 18 year old college freshman nephew. I am certain he will get a kick out of it. If he does't, I'll take away the half star!
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wild comedic thriller that races at a breakneck pace around the world. An obnoxious forensic plumber and a mild-mannered owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop have an altercation involving a lemur; the cover copy describes them as being "pursued by the police, soldiers, subversives, bears, revolutionaries, a black ops team... and a terrorist dressed as Chuck E. Cheese," and they are, but that doesn't even capture a fraction of the delicious absurdity. If this were a movie, it would be like The Blues Brothers and My Fellow Americans had a baby, only with more bodily functions. I haven't read any of Alan Zweibel's previous books (although since apparently he was an original writer for SNL, I was expecting him go be good), but as a Dave Barry fan, this is exactly what I was hoping for.
tloeffler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mild-mannered Philip Horkman is the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop. Jeffrey Peckerman is a forensic plumber and (dare I say it?) a bit of a redneck. Philip is the referee of a soccer game,and puts the wheels in motion when he calls an offside on Jeffrey's daughter Taylor when she kicks the tying goal. One thing leads to another, and in a story told alternately by both men, they end up pursued by everyone from the police to Chuck E. Cheese, along the way going from Most Wanted to Great American Heroes. It's a fun romp, but I have to say that the characters both really got on my nerves. Especially Peckerman. And having the perspective change every 5 pages got to be very annoying. It's not a bad book, and it's a fairly easy read. Just not up to the standards I would have expected.
cdhtenn2k10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Because this is a piece of absurdist humor, I'm not going to spend time talking about things like plot, characters, dialog, pacing. The book has all those things, and they're fine. The question is weather it's funny or not. I didn't think to myself, Hey, Dave Barry has a new book. I bet it's really deep! I figured it would be funny, and it is. What you have to ask is weather it's your kind of humor.For example, while I was reading it, I kept laughing out loud. If fact, at one point I laughed until I had tears in my eyes. My wife wanted to know what I was reading, so I told her. She wanted to know if she'd like it, too. I said no, in no way would she like it. You see, she doesn't think Mel Brooks is funny, nor does she like fart jokes or physical comedy. Come to think of it, I'm not sure what kind of comedy she likes. She laughs at the tv show "Friends," and she laughs out loud at Janet Evanovich books. She likes RomComs, so I guess it's "chick humor", which is kinda like chick flicks. Give me Mel Brooks and give me Dave Barry. I'll take a fart joke or explosive diarrhea over Ross and Rachel any day.Oh, and I think there's some kinda social commentary, too. Maybe.
yoyogod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is hilariously funny in spots, and absolutely not funny at all in other spots. Even so, I really enjoyed it once it got going. Watching the protagonists get into and out of wacky, globe-shaking situations without even realizing what is going on was very entertaining. The only thing that really annoyed me was how over the top goody-goody the one protagonist was and how over the top jerky the other was. This made them seem more like caricatures than real people.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book when I first started reading it. I love Dave Barry and think he's usually quite funny, although his more recent stuff had left me a little cold. Lunatics alternates chapters being told by each of the main characters, with occasional transcripts of news media to fill in gaps in the narrative. This took some getting used to and things weren't particularly interesting or funny until we get to the Windsong portion of the book.Things really picked up on the cruise ship and I was really enjoying myself until the boys found themselves back on US soil. Then I was bored again. And tired.Lunatics is slapstick meets bizarre. I think if you're a fan of Gonzo lit., absurdist or stream of consciousness, you'll probably get a kick out of this.For myself, I found it simply ok. It passed the time while I was on the train and I even laughed out loud once or twice. If you need something to read and you don't want anything that takes itself too seriously, this is probably the book for you.
bragan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeffrey Peckerman is an uncouth, obnoxious ass. Philp Horkman is an annoyingly whitebread goody two-shoes. Their first encounter involves an altercation over a referee's call in a girls' soccer game, which leads to an incident involving the accidental theft of a lemur, which leads, somehow, to the two of them being mistaken for international terrorists, and from there on, it's just one set of ridiculously implausible wacky hijinks after another, on a global scale.I never found this anywhere near as fall-on-the-floor funny as Dave Barry at his best, but it's entertaining enough in its own deeply silly way. It kept me smiling most of the time, anyway, and occasionally laughing out loud. What more can you ask for from this sort of book?
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like the book. I found it amusing at first but it seemed to be escalating at such a rate thought it would become ridiculous. Well it did, but in a good way. Two guys get in a pissing match over an elementary girls soccer game and before you know it they are wanted by the police for attempting a terrorist attack. As much as they don't like each other they end up sticking together our of necessity . It is the ultimate comedy of errors. Each chapter alternates between each of the men. At first I thought meh. But by the middle I was laughing out loud regularly. I thought it was hilarious. It was a little crud so if that offends be warned. But like any comedy someone will be offended by this book. Doesn't matter it was great.
aethercowboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lunatics, the latest book coauthored by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel (and to my knowledge, the only one), follows the lives of two diametrically opposed men in New Jersey whose lives keep intersecting, resulting it greater and greater impact to their families, their communities, and eventually, the whole world.Phillip Horkman is a pet store owner who also referees youth soccer. He loves his family, cares about his planet, and supports his children, regardless of weight problems or other unsavory factors. Jerry Peckerman is a forensic plumber who doesn¿t put up with crap very easily (though he¿d word it a bit more colorfully). He¿s the kind of guy who finds a guy like Horkman to be extremely irritating.After the two meet at a youth soccer game, Peckerman¿s daughter being called off-sides by Horkman, the two seem to run into one another again and again, much to their mutual chagrin. This sad fate grows and grows until, due to complete misunderstandings, they are deemed terrorists, and must mutually flee the country.The book is a mile-a-minute romp across the world where these two keep making a bigger and bigger bleep on the public radar screen, all the while, they¿re both relatively unaware the worldwide impact they¿re having. Mixed with jokes and other hilarity, the book can get most people to smile.However, as it says in the book¿s disclaimer: Even though Barry and Zweibel are household kid-friendly book writers (Barry¿s penned a Peter Pan series for Disney while Zweibel¿s possibly best known for writing the basis for the Elijah Wood film North), this is definitely not one of them. Just about every chapter is laced with Peckerman¿s liberal peppering of his speech with a melange of offensive words. Reader beware!If you can get past the language, however, this book, while not an epic gem of a masterpiece, is definitely a humor-filled read, similar to Barry¿s other ¿international thrillers.¿ Worth it if you¿re an older fan of Barry or Zweibel. Possibly could merit skipping for everybody else.
glade1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Dave Barry and eagerly await any new publication of his, so I was excited to run across this book. If you have read Barry's Big Trouble or Tricky Business, then this new book will seem a bit familiar. It has the same zany, who-knows-what-will-happen-next plot, with lots of unexpected characters and situations. The two main characters, Horkman and Peckerman, two opposing personalities thrown together by the whimsy of circumstance, are also a bit reminiscent of Forrest Gump, in that they have no idea what they are doing yet end up causing history-changing events. It was fun to keep reading and see what would next befall the hapless pair!

The one drawback from my point of view is the authors' reliance on scatological humor; diarrhea, in particular, affects the outcome of several pivotal events, but the writers make sure to include urine, gas, and masturbation in the plot line as well. Maybe it's a guy thing...

Overall, I found the book entertaining. If you don't mind bathroom humor, it's quite a trip.
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book as part of the early reviewer program on LT. Phillip and Jeffery are 2 family men from New Jersey and that is where their similarities stop. Phillip is a ridiculously optomistic pet shop owner and Jeffrey is a overbearingly crass forensic plumber. When the two of them fall into a mess together the results are beyond ridiculous. This farfetched tale of international intrigue and botched plots is at time laugh out loud funny. At other times, I found it slow and bordering on mind numbing. It is offensive in the way that tru life is offensive and that is what makes it readable. Good for folks who don't take themselves or their literature too seriously.