"This is a bawdy tale. Herein you will find gratuitous shagging, murder, spanking, maiming, treason, and heretofore unexplored heights of vulgarity and profanity, as well as non-traditional grammar, split infinitives, and the odd wank. If that sort of thing bothers you, then gentle reader pass by, for we endeavor only to entertain, not to offend. That said, if that s the sort of thing you think you might enjoy, then you have happened upon the perfect story!"So states Christopher Moore in the advance "warning" to his new novel, FOOL. The title character is one Pocket, an orpan raised by nuns and now jester and trusted confidant of the king (Lear, that is), father to three beautiful, smart, and occasionally dangerous daughters. Treachery, treason, and murder most foul are afoot at the castle, and Pocket (and his apprentice fool, Drool -- don t ask) are caught in the thick of it.§In FOOL, bestselling author Moore, one of contemporary fiction s most singular voices, takes on one of literature s most beloved archetypes, doing for the fool what he did for Jesus, Death, and humpback whales, delivering another outrageously brilliant and utterly hysterical novel.