Ex-cop Phineas Poe, suspected of murdering his young wife, has been in a mental hospital but is now in a Denver hotel. He meets Jude, and wakes up in a bath full of ice with one of his kidneys missing. Things start getting complicated when Phineas falls in love with Jude.
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Illegal organ appropriation has become a standard theme of the thriller (Robin Cook's Coma being the most successful example of the genre). Baer has something new to bring to the theme, however. For a start, the first-person narrative here has a brilliantly sharp and witty edge, with the black humour cunningly offsetting the grisly business of kidney theft. Starting as a salutary reminder that casual sexual encounters can have highly dangerous consequences, Baer has ex-cop Phineas Poe (shame about the name, but it's Baer's only miscalculation) becoming an unwilling kidney donor--as well as a murder suspect--after a $200 tryst with a woman who had designs on more than one of his organs. The fact that Poe is in love with the woman who left him in a bath full of ice with staples in his side makes this more than just a thriller: we're in the kind of crazed love story territory of writers like Barry Gifford, and Baer has the same outrageous gifts. There's also a strange but convincing literary structure to the book, with its short, punchy paragraphs and disturbingly distorted time sense creating a bizarre stop-start effect that nevertheless ensures the reader's total attention. -- Barry ForshawAbout the Author:
Will Christopher Baer was born in 1966 in Mississippi and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He has won fiction prizes from Story Magazine and has published work in Bomb and Nerve. He lives in California.
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Book Description Penguin Putnam, 2000. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140277056
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