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Dan Steele wants the best life has to offer the best beachfront property, the best car, the best stereo, the best clothes Unfortunately, he is only a mediocre advertising executive So to keep up with his own expensive tastes, he has to rack up a huge amount of debt But Dan always has his eye out for a chance to get ahead and when one of his fellow ad execs comes up with a winning campaign for a hundred million dollar account, Dan wastes no time stealing it and presenting it as his own work, Dan Steele wants the best life has to offer the best beachfront property, the best car, the best stereo, the best clothes Unfortunately, he is only a mediocre advertising executive So to keep up with his own expensive tastes, he has to rack up a huge amount of debt But Dan always has his eye out for a chance to get ahead and when one of his fellow ad execs comes up with a winning campaign for a hundred million dollar account, Dan wastes no time stealing it and presenting it as his own work, and framing the guy as a drug user in the bargain For one shining moment, things seem to finally be going the way Dan wants them to.Then Dan s twin brother Michael shows up Michael is a Catholic priest who just returned from a rather harrowing mission trip to Africa He is suffering from a poorly treated wound he received while in Africa and has nowhere to turn but his brother Dan Naturally Dan doesn t have any money to get his brother medical treatment, so he comes up with a scheme to have his brother pose as him so that they can use Dan s health insurance The plan works reasonably well, until Michael dies So the upshot is that Michael is dead and Dan must now pretend to be Michael to avoid an insurance fraud lawsuit.Now Dan must live the life of a priest, while the homicidal ad exec that he cheated tries to kill him, insurance investigors hunt him, and bank examiners try to shut down Michael s care center, now being run by Dan Whew Sounds a little like an episode of FriendsCross Dressingwas kind of up and down for me Early on in the story I was a bit put off by Dan s amoral behavior, I mean seriously amoral, and Sister Peg really threw me for a loop I mean, here s nun who blackmails and steals to keep her care center going, and hires prostitutes in the bargain I was close to giving up on this book altogether but I decided to stick with it a little bit longer I understand that Bill Fitzhugh was poking fun at Christians and that s okay I can take a joke as well as anyone So I kept listening and after a while I began to sense a certain pattern emerging.After Dan s brother, the priest, dies and Dan is sort of forced to take his place I began to have hope Dan goes to work at Sister Peg s shelter and it seems that a previously unknown side of Dan begins to emerge He almost immediately connects with a little girl at the shelter named Alyssa, who is there because of an abusive father Fitzhugh drops a few clues that Dan s own troubled childhood helps him to relate to Alyssa Then Dan actually begins working on the shelter cooking, cleaning, even doing repair work around the place The pattern I was beginning to see, and hope for, was one we ve all seen before the greedy old scrooge type gets a look at how the other half live and decides to change his ways And for all I know, that may be where Fitzhugh was headed with this Unfortunately I didn t make it to the end There was a particular part of the story where Dan has come up with a brilliant idea to spark some funding for the shelter It involved an ad campaign featuring Jesus hanging on the cross, bloody and broken, but then Jesus lifts his head, smiles and winks at the camera, and begins the sales pitch That was too much for me, so I quit right there, about three quarters of the way through the book.Narrator Colby Elliott did a fine job as usual At first I felt his pace was a little too fast, but once I became acclimated, it seemed okay I think Elliott reads with a certain amount of enthusiasm that really adds something to the story.Fitzhugh is a clever writer and can be downright funny at times, butCross Dressingdidn t suit my own personal tastes I think this is a book that a lot of people will enjoy, however.Steven Brandt Audiobook Heaven [[ READ KINDLE ]] ☟ Cross Dressing ☛ Big shot ad exec Dan Steele feels entitled to the best life has to offer even if he has to live way beyond his means to acquire it But there s hope on the horizon Dan has just stolen what s sure to be an award winning idea for a multimillion dollar account If he can keep the creditors at bay long enough, he ll get the keys to the executive restroom and all his problems will be solvedUnfortunately, that s when his brother, a Catholic priest, shows up at Dan s door in need of a loan to pay for some essential medical attention Being both financially and morally challenged, Dan hands over his insurance card instead of his credit card But it s too late After running up a bill for ,, Father Michael goes the way of all fleshNow Dan has a choice go to prison for insurance fraud or take a vow of poverty and become a man of the cloth Before he can say God bless, Dan finds himself pursued by a relentless insurance investigator, the psychopathic copywriter whose idea he stole, and a deadly killer from his brother s mysterious past And, as if that wasn t enough, Dan finds himself falling in love with a gun toting nun Let us pray The Fox And The Flies: The World Of Joseph Silver, Racketeer And Psychopath he ll get the keys to the executive restroom and all his problems will be solvedUnfortunately This Imagined Permanence that s when his brother Playful Puppy (DK Readers L1) a Catholic priest Doing Business in China shows up at Dan s door in need of a loan to pay for some essential medical attention Being both financially and morally challenged Wagon Train Adventure Dan hands over his insurance card instead of his credit card But it s too late After running up a bill for , Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes Father Michael goes the way of all fleshNow Dan has a choice go to prison for insurance fraud or take a vow of poverty and become a man of the cloth Before he can say God bless Quick Dinners Dan finds himself pursued by a relentless insurance investigator The Princess of Celle the psychopathic copywriter whose idea he stole Winking, Blinking, Wiggling, and Waggling and a deadly killer from his brother s mysterious past And The Prompter as if that wasn t enough I Want to be a Ballerina Dan finds himself falling in love with a gun toting nun Let us pray An advertising exec Dan steals an ad campaign from an intern who then tries to kill him but can t kill him because he already died but he didn t actually die because it was his identical twin brother who died but then Dan has to assume his twin brother s identity because otherwise he will be convicted for insurance fraud but he might get convicted anyway because the fraud inspector saw him on tv when he was being interviewed about the nun in a coma who wasn t actually in a coma but had to pret An advertising exec Dan steals an ad campaign from an intern who then tries to kill him but can t kill him because he already died but he didn t actually die because it was his identical twin brother who died but then Dan has to assume his twin brother s identity because otherwise he will be convicted for insurance fraud but he might get convicted anyway because the fraud inspector saw him on tv when he was being interviewed about the nun in a coma who wasn t actually in a coma but had to pretend she was in order to save the homeless shelter.There s one percent of this book.This book sounds ridiculous because it is Fitzhugh takes every unlikely event, every impossible circumstance, every oh no our hero is screwed but wait he s saved in the nick of time moment and he smooshes them together into a mess that is preposterous and unbelievable and wonderful and perfect The good guys always win, the bad guys always get exactly what s coming to them, the plot has 9 gazillion things going on at once but every single one of them make perfect sense, and we walk away with a funny, well written story about how to live life well and about figuring out what s really important For all of the lame, preachy, unfunny books and movies, for that matter with dumb jokes, slapstick comedy, and convoluted plots just for their own sake effectively summing up Martin Lawrence s, Pauly Shore s, and the latter half of Eddie Murphy s careers , we occasionally get the Happy Gils and the Billy Madisons This book is that Fitzhugh is funny without trying too hard, he s moralizing without hitting you over the head with it, and he just plain tells a good story Stop reading this review Go read this book I found it very funny and unexpected turns except for the ending when I pieced everything together myself Light reading, good laugh. Clever, funny, a quick, but engaging read. Best one so far. slow start built momentum in the middle wonderful ending tied up all the loose ends in a compelling and entertaining finale. A deft, funny, caper novel, incorporating gleefully savage attacks on the Church, the advertising industry, and the charity industry occasionally heartfelt characters and an inspired marketing gimmick.While often compared to Hiassen, Fitzhugh is fast creating his own dark and funny category In this third outing, amoral adman Dan Steele, up to his neck in debt and smug consumerism, is fish out of watered when he steals the best idea of his career More isfrom an unstable copywriter, j A deft, funny, caper novel, incorporating gleefully savage attacks on the Church, the advertising industry, and the charity industry occasionally heartfelt characters and an inspired marketing gimmick.While often compared to Hiassen, Fitzhugh is fast creating his own dark and funny category In this third outing, amoral adman Dan Steele, up to his neck in debt and smug consumerism, is fish out of watered when he steals the best idea of his career More isfrom an unstable copywriter, just as Dan s twin brother Michael, an excommunicated do gooder priest, returns from Africa, ill Registered at the hospital as Dan for insurance coverage, Michael succumbs to tetanus, and, on the run from legal problems, insurance investigators and his now homicidal ex colleague, Dan dons Michael s collar As Father Michael, Dan goes to work at Sister Peg s Care Center, where he falls for Peg fortunately, noa nun than he is a priest Predictably, Dan finds redemption caring for others, and he ll obviously save the financially teetering facility with his advertising savvy Fitzhugh commits sins of inclusion, as well There are two hookers with hearts of gold no less than four gunmen converging for the climax not content to harpoon his satirical targets, Fitzhugh levels them with assault weapons and then jumps up and down on their heads There s always a bit too much of everything, but the author s having so much fun that we do, too To top it off, he claims a product placement deal the first ever for a novel with Seagram s, and you can hear him chortling through the ad speak whenever Dan is glowingly described sipping scotch Smart, fast and funny Fitzhugh is a dangerous man Lover of satire that I am, I m starting to get hooked on Bill Fitzhugh Like another of my favorites, Christopher Buckley, Fitzhugh is a contemporary practitioner of the art although Fitzhugh s humor tends to be a bit darker and his plots haveof a mystery thriller angle Nevertheless, Cross Dressing is a hoot, and plays especially well as a listen as you exercise audio.Dan Steele is an ethically challenged ad exec who tries to help his twin brother Michael, a priest who apparently picked Lover of satire that I am, I m starting to get hooked on Bill Fitzhugh Like another of my favorites, Christopher Buckley, Fitzhugh is a contemporary practitioner of the art although Fitzhugh s humor tends to be a bit darker and his plots haveof a mystery thriller angle Nevertheless, Cross Dressing is a hoot, and plays especially well as a listen as you exercise audio.Dan Steele is an ethically challenged ad exec who tries to help his twin brother Michael, a priest who apparently picked up a bad disease while trying to good work in Africa Unfortunately, Michael dies in the hospital this is not a spoiler, it s part of the setup More unfortunately, he dies with Dan s identity and insurance since the brothers did a name switch Michael had no insurance and they had no idea his health issues were major, much less fatal So suddenly, Dan can t be Dan and must be Michael Now, as readers, we re ready to take on the ad industry, the church, street gangs, insurance fraud investigators, and a homicidal ex ad guy turned electronics salesman It s a fun ride, and it s pretty much impossible to anticipate what s coming And by the way, make sure you read the Epilogue, but don t peek ahead Really Well written and funny, the author clearly cares about the issues discussed in the book While it s almost as fashionable today to bash the Church as it was in 2000 when the book was originally published, the gentle rebukes of certain portions of Catholic doctrine are all thepowerful because he concedes that the Church is full of driven, motivated people seeking to make the world a better place and that the institution is a global force for good and most individuals that are members or pr Well written and funny, the author clearly cares about the issues discussed in the book While it s almost as fashionable today to bash the Church as it was in 2000 when the book was originally published, the gentle rebukes of certain portions of Catholic doctrine are all thepowerful because he concedes that the Church is full of driven, motivated people seeking to make the world a better place and that the institution is a global force for good and most individuals that are members or pretend to be members of the clergy are good people trying to do good things Honestly, it s a refreshing take that you rarely see on TV shows, movies, or in the news I d recommend it to Catholic friends looking for a funny book to read