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What would happen if God drove a Harley-Davidson? Could a petty criminal who turns talcum powder into cocaine be mistaken for Jesus Christ? Could the Saviour escape a flood in a giant flying fish to become an apprentice lion tamer?
Only Charlie Peace, a teller of incredible stories, knows. His magical tales about the Gospels, Jesus Christ, and a City of Gold fill the otherwise mundane lives of two children, Jack and Polly, with mystical dreams and visions. Charlie is their hero.
Years later, Jack - now a criminal with a cult following - is haunted by the need to find truth in both the stories and the storyteller. He needs to believe, and only Charlie can set him straight.
But where is Charlie?
With the help of wildly eccentric characters such as the heiress Ottoline Ottolyne, the evangelical Matthew Tenn, and other members of the Church of the Millennium - where sex is a sacrament - Jack begins his search for reality. His quest takes him from rustic England to seedy Manhattan, on a whirlwind adventure where anything can happen - even a miracle - and does.
Blasphemous, outrageous, and blackly funny, Charlie Peace is a scandalous fable about God, love, and the number of gallons of gas a Harley needs to get to heaven.