Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's
In a clapped-out post-crash Dublin not too far in the future, Joe Chambers runs a front operation for the CIA. Faced with cutbacks, outsourcing, and the prospect of returning to the States, he is forced to resort to all means possible to thwart his bosses' plans. He has plenty else to contend with, too, what with the attentions of an embittered rival British spy and a shadowy somebody who might mean him serious harm.
You're not assigned to oversee a CIA front company in Dublin unless you screwed up royally--and Joe Chambers did. If he didn't know so much about so many people, the CIA would probably terminate him--possibly in both senses of the word. Instead, he's stuck managing Whetstone Publishing while his stateside boss comes up with ever more daft ways to maximize profits.
But Joe's frustration is only just beginning. An MI6 agent keeps breaking into his apartment and stealing his booze, presumably revenge for blowing the guy's cover in Athens; his publishing assistant's too smart for her own good; and with head office's cost-cutting measures hitting new highs of lunacy, he might need to start selling drugs or--God forbid!--move back to the States. Oh, and he's got a tapeworm named Steve happily curled up in his guts.
A raucous mix of double crosses, brothels, and cocktail recipes, Breakfast at Cannibal Joe's is a dark and twisted picaresque tale for fans of Catch-22 and Fight Club.