Tough Guys Don't Dance: A Novel
Norman Mailer friends into the recesses and buried virtues of the fashionable American male in a super crime novel that transcends style. whilst Tim Madden, an unsuccessful author residing on Cape Cod, awakes with a grotesque hangover, a painful tattoo on his top arm, and a severed woman head in his marijuana stash, he has virtually 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retired prizefighters, intercourse addicts, mediums, former cons, a world-weary ex-girlfriend, and his personal father, outdated now yet nonetheless a Herculean determine.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 note count number, like a grasp knife thrower zinging stilettos in a circle round your head.”—People
“As brash, brooding and finally enchanting because the writer himself . . . [Mailer moves a] astounding stability among humor and horror.”—New York Daily News
“A excellent page-turner of a homicide secret . . . filled with nice characters, affected by lifeless our bodies and replete with believable suspects.”—Chicago Tribune
“[Tough men Don’t Dance] has that captivating Mailer bravado.”—The big apple Times
Praise for Norman Mailer
“[Norman Mailer] loomed over American letters longer and bigger than the other author of his generation.”—The ny Times
“A author of the best and so much reckless talent.”—The New Yorker
“Mailer is crucial, 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 ny evaluate of Books
“The greatest brain and mind's eye [in smooth] American literature . . . not like near to each American author due to the fact Henry James, Mailer has controlled to develop and develop into richer in knowledge with each one new book.”—Chicago Tribune
“Mailer is a grasp of his craft. His language contains you thru the tale like a leaf on a stream.”—The Cincinnati Post
From the Paperback edition.
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Pangborn may be the maniac who did it. definitely the letter can be obvious because the anticipation of against the law. “If anyone attempted to take my blonde woman away, i'd kill.” yet whom? the recent lover or the woman? This, which provided a operating premise, turned, while further to the bourbon, the sedative i wanted, and that i fell ultimately right into a deep sleep, as bruised approximately as though I have been nonetheless taking part in vast receiver for that Exeter group which can no longer throw a move, and went all the way down to this kind of intensity in sleep that the.
Transporting my women from a nasty grave to a finer one. So my rage was once almost about maniacal. It had packed itself like gunpowder those final 5 days into my head and limbs. The sight of Spider and Stoodie impending with risk was once nearly as good as cocking a set off. I take note how the puppy stood at cognizance beside me, his fur stiff like metal nails. Then all of it occurred and used to be over for him. i don't understand if it took even ten seconds, however the puppy sprang at Nissen and stuck Spider’s face and throat in.
Head?” my father requested. He hesitated. “I can’t inform you.” “I think you will want to,” acknowledged my father. “Let’s gradual up,” stated Regency. “I’ll inform you what you must be aware of, supplied you tell me approximately what i need to understand. Quid professional quo.” “It won’t work,” I stated. “You need to belief me.” “Where’s your stack of Bibles?” he requested. “It won’t work,” I repeated. “Every time I inform you whatever, you’re going to invite one other query. After I inform all of it, there won’t be any explanation for you to offer.