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Description - The Skin Palace by Jack O'Connell

'Jack O'Connell is the future of the dark literary suspense novel' - James Ellroy This dazzling new novel from the author of 'Word Made Flesh,' 'Wireless' and 'Box Nine' is, like them, set amid the post industrial decay of the town of Quinsigamond. A harrowing and ecstatic descent into a breathtaking netherworld aswirl with the real, the imagined and the absolutely unforgettable, it makes it clear why O'Connell has been compared with both Brett Easton Ellis and David Lynch. A surrealistic noir epic.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781901982299
ISBN-10: 1901982297
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 28mm)
Pages: 452
Imprint: No Exit Press
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Skin Palace by Jack O'Connell

US Kirkus Review » Erotic photography takes the place of radio (Wireless, 1993) as the hot technology the citizens and hangers-on in O'Connell's mythical New England town of Quinsigamond are ruminating and suffering and fighting over. Hugo Schick, who presides over Herzog's Erotic Palace in Quinsigamond's notorious Canal Zone, dreams of the day his oceanic sex fantasies will play in movie houses coast to coast. Closer to home, Schick's opposed by the Rev. Garland Boetell of Families United for Decency (FUD), who'd love to burn Herzog's to the ground. Signing on with FUD is up-and-coming lawyer Perry Leroux, who thinks he can get into bed with these guys without actually going all the way. While he's busy snuggling up to FUD, Perry's live-in mate Sylvia, on the trail of a rare used camera, stumbles onto a strip of priceless photographs taken by legendary Terrence Propp, whose acolytes include an essayist running a cafe while he awaits the return of the Master and a blind adult bookseller who's been engaged by crimelord Hermann Kinsky to secure the photos for him. Kinsky's son Jakob, another passionately aspiring filmmaker, takes time out from competing with a jealous cousin for control of his father's empire and from scouting locations for his planned masterpiece, Little Girl Lost, to run into Sylvia, who can't accept him as an alternative to Perry. Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Ellis's mother showers the Canal Zone with leaflets appealing for information about her missing daughter. Amazingly, O'Connell eventually pulls all these lives and stories together, but what will remain with you longest, if you persist with this overstuffed, maddening novel, is the hallucinatory intensity of the individual scenes and figures that spring up from every corner. O'Conneil throws together The Crying of Lot 49 and Atlas Shrugged, refracts the product through a haze of dozens of Hollywood films, and comes up with another world as original and microscopically etched as a thumbprint. (Kirkus Reviews)


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