WARNING: Do not read "Lunatics" on crowded public transportation, in doctors' waiting rooms, or - heaven forbid - church. You WiLL chortle, snort, and laugh. Out loud. You will be the subject of glares, frowns, and disapproving harrumphs.
On the other hand, the book is worth the embarrassment.
This is a flat-out funny book featuring two very different men: one a prim and virtuous pet store owner about whom the phrase "politically correct" may have been coined, and the other a crude, narcissistic, and socially-inappropriate "forensic plumber," i.e., a plumber who testifies in court cases.
From their first meeting, these two detest one another, but circumstances repeatedly throw them together under the most unusual and hilarious circumstances. Together, this inept duo ends up front and center on the world stage, repeatedly and unintentionally affecting everything from zoo animals to national and international security interests.
I've always liked Dave Barry but the addition here of co-author Zweibel, a renowned comic writer, has added a deeper and more sustained note of hilarity to the book.
For good or ill, this one has "future movie" written all over it. But there is no way a movie could be as good as this book.
If you are a somber soul, don't bother with this book, but if you revel in riotous ridiculousness, this is the book for you.