National Book Award for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
In The MacGuffin, Elkin narrates with accustomed panache the mysterious events that take place in something under forty hours in the life of Bobby Druff, City Commissioner of Streets, aged fifty-eight, whose ordered world of avenues and roads seems suddenly a rather more complicated maze than he remembers. Events, in fact, conspire against him, and his wife, his son, his new-found lover, even his chauffeur, appear to be in on it. The novel combines a sort of tough-talking, laugh-out-loud humor and that odd, amusing, under-the-breath revenge of the powerless with the twists and killer thrill rides of a plot to rival Hitchcock's.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

March 1991 : USA Hardback

Title: The Macguffin
Author(s): Stanley Elkin
ISBN: 0-671-67324-6 / 978-0-671-67324-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

December 1999 : USA Paperback

Title: Macguffin (American Literature (Dalkey Archive))
Author(s): Stanley Elkin
ISBN: 1-56478-223-9 / 978-1-56478-223-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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April 1992 : UK Paperback

Title: The Macguffin (Contemporary American Fiction)
Author(s): Stanley Elkin
ISBN: 0-14-017234-3 / 978-0-14-017234-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA MP3 CD

Title: MacGuffin, The
Author(s): Stanley Elkin
ISBN: 1-5318-1301-1 / 978-1-5318-1301-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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November 2013 : USA Audio edition

Title: The MacGuffin
Author(s): Stanley Elkin
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon