The Book: The Corpse Wore Pasties

Sometimes there's no difference between the Naked and the Dead

Usually, when you call a burlesque act a "show stopper," you don’t mean it quite so literally. But this time, that’s just what happened: The show stopped dead, and so did the girl. And as I looked at her nearly naked and completely lifeless body and the bottle of poison in her hand with my fingerprints all over it, I thought to myself: Porkpie, you’re in for it this time...

By the co-creator and master of ceremonies of New York's celebrated Pinchbottom burlesque, called "the best burlesque show in town" by the Village Voice and named "Best of New York" by New York magazine.


  • "Twisted, sexy and hilarious"

  • "Entertaining hard-boiled debut... witty and telling... Readers will enjoy the twists and action and hope for future Porkpie investigations."

    Publisher's Weekly
  • "A hell of a lot of fun"

    Somebody Dies
  • "Porkpie's style is diligently tongue in cheek, and it works. Fans of hard-boiled crime will enjoy this romp"

  • "Not unlike the Golden Era of James Bond... a well-constructed mystery and a sterling debut."

  • "The rapport required on stage transfers effortlessly to the page in this debut mystery."

    Library Journal
  • "Quite funny."

    Cory Doctorow


  • "Corpse" Mentioned in The New Yorker

    May 08, 2013

    Just a mention, nothing big, but hey: it's The New Yorker.

  • "Corpse" released in the UK

    June 24, 2011

  • "Corpse" hits the shelves in North America

    November 25, 2009

  • "Lurid Pulp" Celebrates the release of "Corpse"

    November 21, 2009

    From "Page 6" in The New York Post
    SOME authors are well equipped to promote themselves. To launch "The Corpse Wore Pasties," Jonny Porkpie, whose day job is emceeing burlesque shows, uses his favorite strippers -- the spectacular Clams Casino, Dirty Martini and Jo Boobs -- plus his cover models, Nasty Canasta and GiGi La Femme. They'll perform Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 at the Bleecker Street Theatre"