The contortionist's handbook: a novel
Clevenger has produced an utterly persuasive and compelling novel, combining the zest and enthusiasm of a new voice with the craft and the guile of a veteran.
Following a near fatal overdose of painkillers, Daniel Fletcher is resuscitated in a Los Angeles emergency room and detained for psychiatric evaluation. Through a series of questions and tests, the psychiatrist must ascertain whether the patient intended to kill himself or whether he can walk free. What the psychiatrist doesn't know is that Daniel Fletcher is actually John "Johnny" Dolan Vincent, a brilliant young forger who continually changes his identity to save himself from a lifetime of incarceration. Johnny has done such assessments before-many, many times. As he creates an elaborate bluff for the evaluator, Johnny reveals the true story of his traumatic past: a broken family, descent into the sinister world of forgers and criminals, and his one chance of salvation in the beautiful and elusive Molly. But time is running out; as his underworld clients lose patience and the psychiatrist's net closes around him, Johnny has to negotiate the escape act of his life.
Evoking the boulevards and strip bars of 1980s Los Angeles with cinematic intensity, The Contortionist's Handbook is a darkly hypnotic and stunningly original debut.
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|Grouping Title||contortionist s handbook|
|Grouping Author||clevenger craig|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-06-15 23:11:01PM|
|Last Indexed||2020-08-07 05:01:39AM|
|auth_author2||Porter, Ray, 1965-|
|author||Clevenger, Craig, 1964-|
|available_at_longmont||Longmont Public Library|
|detailed_location_longmont||Longmont Adult Fiction|
|display_description||John Dolan Vincent was born with an extra ring finger on one hand. He was an abnormally gifted child with a proclivity for mathematics beyond his years, but he lacked social skills. Childhood ridicule and a difficult family life led him to use his talents in adulthood for criminal acts of forgery. When he starts getting untreatable migraines, his self-medication results in overdosing which sends him repeatedly to the emergency room. There, he risks being institutionalized as suicidal, so he draws upon his forgery skills to reinvent a new identity for himself each time. Identity theft, drugs, and crime drag his life into a downward spiral. His clients in the L.A. underworld lose patience, the hospital evaluator might not be fooled by his story, and the only person in as much danger as himself is the woman who knows his real name.|
|local_callnumber_longmont||FICTION CLEVENGER, C.|
|owning_library_longmont||Longmont Pulblic Library|
|owning_location_longmont||Longmont Public Library|
|subject_facet||Confession -- Fiction|
Forgers -- Fiction
|title_display||The contortionist's handbook : a novel|
|title_full||The contortionist's handbook : a novel [electronic resource] / Craig Clevenger|
The contortionist's handbook: a novel/ by Craig Clevenger
|title_short||The contortionist's handbook|