Rue de la Pompe Released in Time for the Summer Reading Season A Satiric Urban Fantasy That Sizzles

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A hapless American careens across present-day Paris in search of the first French franc in Rue de la Pompe, a brilliantly crafted, satiric urban fantasy. James Earle McCracken's debut novel is now available for order.

With better friends and a bigger family, I might have broken into the top 100,000

James Earle McCracken announced today that his first novel, Rue de La Pompe: A Satiric Urban Fantasy, published by iUniverse, Inc., is available for order through Amazon and other major web-based book distributors as well as the iUniverse bookstore.

Rue de la Pompe reached as high as 239,312 in the Amazon sales rank after one day before leveling off at 342,209.

"With better friends and a bigger family, I might have broken into the top 100,000," McCracken said.

Unforgettable characters and vivacious details make James Earle McCracken's debut novel sizzle with expectation. Both hilarious and introspective, Rue de la Pompe is a fast-paced ride through the City of Lights with a hapless American who is caught in an exhilarating journey of discovery.

Celebrating his thirtieth birthday alone in Paris, American businessman Michael Whyte realizes that it's entirely possible to live an unglamorous life in the most glamorous city in the world. But an unexpected gift of formal wear followed by a party invitation from his eccentric neighbors lands him in a curious search for the first French franc---a coin said to be incredibly valuable and wickedly dangerous.

Guided by a deaf-mute and mentored by an epistemologist, Michael careens across the city in his quest for the coin. From the Chateau de Vincennes and the Musée d'Orsay to the sewers of Paris and the base of the Eiffel Tower, he braves the city for an answer to the perplexing question of the franc's true nature.

Assisting, thwarting, or simply confusing him along the way is a bizarre collection of lunatic personalities, including a Castilian hit man, a Zen Buddhist Swiss jeweler, a flatulent statue of Benjamin Franklin, a foul-mouthed rhinoceros, the Concierge from Hell, and an enigmatic beauty named Chione.

McCracken, a native of the Washington, DC area, has lived in Paris since 2005. He will return to the United States later this summer.

"It's probably a good idea that I get out of here before the French authorities translate the book," McCracken said from his Paris apartment.

Rue de la Pompe: A Satiric Urban Fantasy, ISBN 978-0595719945, is available in hardback ($26.95) and paperback ($16.95) editions through,, and other major distributors.

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