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About the Author
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (October 4, 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 153187892X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1531878924
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 0.63 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,057,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It’s almost cartoonishly violent and there’s a deep wellspring of... certainly religion, or even Christian apologia, or do I mean theodicy? running through it.
Throw in freakish cultists who seem more like midway exhibits on a long drunk, an enormous amount of medical equipment, bandages, hospitals, nurses... did I mention blood? and a main character who somehow reminds me of the Continental Op (less a man than an empty set of clothes used to move plots forward)... it’s a bit heady.
I can’t say I recommend it, but I can’t say I don’t, unless you are squeamish about violent and painful injuries explored in loving detail. In which case I wouldn’t recommend Evenson at all. I don’t mean that as an indictment, he is just a deeply weird dude, like If Ligotti had been raised Mormon or something.
Our main character is klein. He is not a hero or even an anti hero, probably an unhero. He doesnt want anything to do with this world yet somehow it drags him in. He has very little in the way of redeeming qualities and only participates in the events of the novellas due to outside forces compelling him. Klein fights his way out the clutches of not one, but two cults.
The content of the story itself is fairly simple. Someone is murdered, klein is brought in to solve. Questions of reality pop up, among other themes and it ultimately boils down to philosophy. Despite that, althat has been mentioned, the story never boils down to blaming the brotherhood or accusing religious sects to be inherently violent. Evenson has a personal history with religious sects, and his humility and respect towards these that shine through as strongly as his critiques.
Ex cop gets kidnapped by a religious mutilation cult. He might make it out... Even if it's one body part at a time.
I see some reviews praising the "sparse" narrative, but actually that's not quite right. Many earlier passages were detailed (a scene in a hospital excruciatingly so), with later passages skimmed over in that sparse way. It felt uneven, like the author wanted to get it over with.
Social faux pas warning: After reading this book, the next time someone introduces themselves to you as "Paul", you might break out laughing hysterically. Just trust me.
The story and descriptions are strikingly sparse, allowing the reader to fill in the blanks. But the other advantage of this writing style is that it gives Evenson the ability to move things along a breakneck pace. His brutally spontaneous violence is a joy to read and had me savoring each page with delight. I never knew what was going to happen next and his dialogue is beyond perfect, very similar to the style of the brilliant David Mamet. This incredibly original story is one I will not soon forget and gets my highest recommendation.
A detective is lured deep into a religious amputation cult on a murder case.
The world and characters are awesome!
Great comedic dialogue and action! Laughed out loud at a few moments!
DO NO READ PETER STRAUB INTRODUCTION ON YOUR FIRST READ
Peter Straub plays spill the beans and will spoil the surprises giving away details that will be naturally revealed in the story's ride. Straub's acclaim essay should be placed after the end of the story.
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Evenson's usual foray into violence is there, weaved between the noir style. It's just that good.