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“A pitilessly hilarious dissection of the American male psyche.”–Chicago Tribune
Richard Hudson, an inveterate woman-chaser and gifted used car salesman, possesses a pimp’s understanding of the ways in which women (and men) are most vulnerable — and justifies his seductions with a highly perverse logic. By day, he works his crooked car lot with much success. By night, he returns home to a family of misfits: an adoring, ageless mother; her washed-up husband, an ex-film director who is twenty years her junior; and a curious teenage stepsister ripe for corruption.
One day Richard is seized by a feeling of terror and revulsion; he realizes he’s wasting his life in the meaningless pursuit of money. His only hope, he decides, is to abandon the used-car game and try his hand at something creative–an ambitious and risk-laden film project that will “tie up in a single package his reason for existing.”
Richard completes his cherished project. But forces beyond his control swiftly reject and destroy it. As a result, the enraged and humiliated used-car salesman goes on a bender for the ages, drinking his way through the underbelly of Los Angeles and exacting a monstrous revenge on all who have crossed him.
“The most eloquently brainy and exacting pulp-fiction ever fabricated!”–Village Voice “No one writes a better crime novel than Charles Willeford.”–Elmore Leonard
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