“Callahan’s Con” by Spider Robinson, published in 2003, is absolutely fun.
This is the first book I have ever read of Spider Robinson’s and I am saddened that I have not read anything by him before. This book is like a Sci-Fi version of a Terry Pratchett fantasy novel. Fun with lots of clever puns, double-entendres and cool science fiction.
The book takes place in a little bar in Key West called “The Place”. It is run in a co-op fashion where the patrons are assumed to put the correct amount of money in the till for what they are drinking. I guess you can say this is a utopian novel. 🙂
The main character, the bar owner, and his wife have a daughter, who, at age 7 can teleport and has the cumulative knowledge and brain power of the entire internet. The main storyline is that a huge “hulk-like” gangster is shaking down the bar and the hijinks in trying to stop him.
Loved the book, I think I will have to read a few more of his to keep my spirits up and a smile on my face.