By Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer friends into the recesses and buried virtues of the fashionable American male in a super crime novel that transcends style. while Tim Madden, an unsuccessful author residing on Cape Cod, awakes with a ugly hangover, a painful tattoo on his top arm, and a severed lady head in his marijuana stash, he has nearly no reminiscence of the evening sooner than. As he reconstructs the lacking hours, Madden runs afoul of retired prizefighters, intercourse addicts, mediums, former cons, a world-weary ex-girlfriend, and his personal father, outdated now yet nonetheless a Herculean determine. Stunningly conceived and vividly composed, Tough men Don’t Dance represents Mailer on the height of his powers.
Praise for Tough men Don’t Dance
“Spectacular . . . [Norman Mailer] makes each observe count number, like a grasp knife thrower zinging stilettos in a circle round your head.”—People
“As brash, brooding and finally captivating because the writer himself . . . [Mailer moves a] brilliant stability among humor and horror.”—New York Daily News
“A satisfactory page-turner of a homicide secret . . . packed with nice characters, suffering from lifeless our bodies and replete with believable suspects.”—Chicago Tribune
“[Tough men Don’t Dance] has that fascinating Mailer bravado.”—The long island Times
Praise for Norman Mailer
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and bigger than the other author of his generation.”—The manhattan Times
“A author of the best and such a lot reckless talent.”—The New Yorker
“Mailer is quintessential, an American treasure.”—The Washington Post
“A devastatingly alive and unique inventive mind.”—Life
“Mailer is fierce, brave, and reckless and approximately every little thing he writes has sections of headlong brilliance.”—The long island overview of Books
“The greatest brain and mind's eye [in smooth] American literature . . . in contrast to on the subject of each American author seeing that Henry James, Mailer has controlled to develop and turn into richer in knowledge with every one new book.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mailer is a grasp of his craft. His language includes you thru the tale like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post
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