Penny Dreadful is a claustrophobic tale of existential noir. Phineas Poe -- protagonist and antihero of Kiss Me, Judas -- returns to Denver to find that reality has been rewritten and the laws of reason redrawn. Phineas is an ex-cop looking for sanctuary, for peace and quiet. But when he is asked by his old ally Detective Moon to search for a missing officer named Jimmy Sky, a man who may or may not exist. Phineas becomes entangled in a series of events so bizarre that neither luck nor logic can guide him.He becomes an unwitting player in a live role-playing game that has no rules or boundaries: the game of tongues. A game of sexual warfare, performance torture, and clairvoyant visions, played out by disaffected college students, computer hackers, and street people in abandoned warehouses, sewers, and rooftops. Everyone he meets has multiple personalities and Phineas himself soon loses track of his own various identities. If he can hang on to his sanity long enough to find Jimmy Sky, Phineas may just learn to enjoy the game.Penny Dreadful is a novel of dark humor, paranoia, and suspense. Crossing the lines between traditional noir, fantasy, and edgy realism. Will Christopher Baer is a sharp new voice that is not to be missed.
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Fans of Will Christopher Baer's first novel, Kiss Me, Judas, have already met Phineas Poe: defrocked cop, former morphine addict, part-time psychotic, and a man who has lost his heart to a woman who left him in a tub full of ice, one kidney shy of the standard allotment. Poe knows a bad day when he sees one:
The thing is that my consciousness drifts and I have forgotten what I look like. I pass my reflection in a blackened window and I may not recognize myself. My reflection is perceived as a threat, an ugly twin. My reflection is a dark nonperson, a stranger on the street and this is not an identity crisis as I understand the phrase.The bad days are back in Baer's second noir offering (and book two of his Poe trilogy), Penny Dreadful. Fresh from his surgical unpleasantness and eager to start a new life in Denver, Poe contacts a former colleague, Detective Moon, who shares with Poe the drunken admission that several handfuls of Denver's finest are missing. Among them is Moon's dearest friend, Detective Jimmy Sky.
When Poe agrees to look for Sky, things quantumly shift from bad to gross as he uncovers the gothish Game of Tongues, a freakishly cruel and narcotically fueled live action role-playing game (think Dungeons and Dragons in leather and chains), the object of which is to seek, suck, sever, and swallow the tongues of fellow players. Deaths ensue--imagine that!--and things spiral down from there.
Slim, existential, and darkly humorous, Penny Dreadful is a challenging (the point of view slides like Jackie Robinson, and if you prefer your dialogue with quotation marks you'd better bring your own) but beautiful train-wreck of a book that constantly dares the reader to look away. But if you don't look at the twisted metal, you'll never see the art. --Michael HudsonFrom the Publisher:
"Baer is without a doubt a writer if talent and promise." – Denver Post
"Slim, existential, and darkly humorous, Penny Dreadful is a challenging but beautiful train-wreck of a book that constantly dares the reader to look away. But if you don't look at the twisted metal, you'll never see the art." – Amazon.com
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