The Tax Inspector

Publisher: Vintage Canada
From Granny Catchprice, who runs her family business -- and her family -- with senility, cunning, and a handbag full of explosives to sixteen-year-old Benny, who dreams of transforming a failing automobile franchise into an empire -- and himself into an angel -- the Catchprices may be the most spectacularly contentious family since Dostoevsky's Karamozovs. But when a beautiful and very pregnant agent of the Australian Taxation Office enters their lives, the resulting collision becomes, in Carey's hands, masterpiece of coal-black humour and compassionate horror.

PRAISE FOR

"The Tax Inspector is a major work in style and vision...[Carey is] in the prime of his creative life..." -- The Montreal Gazette

"The sheer exuberance and heightened visual power of Mr. Carey's prose is, sentence by sentence, as brilliant and pleasurable as ever, no matter how dark his vision." -- The Globe and Mail

"The Tax Inspector is a lurid, funny, gritty novel." -- Jay McInerney