A superb novel from an author gifted with the keenest sense of wit. Reading William Bryan Smith's The Late, Great Thor McHugh is like falling down a hill – once you start, it's hard to stop. If this novel were a TV series, it would be called Seinfeld.
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Lucy Glass had often dreamed of the father she'd never known, imagining he was a world-famous surgeon or perhaps an airline pilot. What she didn't expect was that he was Thor McHugh, an aging, self-absorbed Bigfoot hunter. Living off the funding of a 4th tier university, McHugh and his partner, Ames, share a comfortable yet insular life in their fortified compound. But when a new chancellor takes over, McHugh suddenly finds himself cash strapped and out of a job.
For Lucy, the stakes are much higher. Ailing from a rare terminal illness, her only hope is to locate any relatives that may be potential tissue donors. With the assistance of a private eye, Lucy tracks down her father and his two other illegitimate children who are her brothers. Together, they converge on McHugh's compound with a resulting clash of wills and personalities that ebbs and flows as they learn more about the flippant con man who paid off their respective mothers to be rid of them. Will the aging McHugh find redemption in the form of his now-adult children? Will he succeed in reclaiming his funding? More importantly, will Lucy find a match?