Don Webb Essential Saltes

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Essential Saltes

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Matthew Reynman, an Austin used bookstore owner and fireworks devotee, investigates the strange disappearance of his late wife's ashes, finding himself suddenly deeply involved in an unlikely criminal world.

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Don Webb was born in Amarillo, Texas, and now lives in Austin. He is the author of one previous novel, The Double, along with many collections and chapbooks. His short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred magazines and anthologies throughout the world.

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The very first sentence says it all: Many years later, as he was to discover that someone had stolen his wife's cremains, Matthew Reynman was to remember the night he discovered the link between fireworks, masturbation, and black women. Now, sure enough, it's many years after Matthew's masturbatory non-encounter with his Aunt Martha's maid Sophie on July Fourth, 1980, and two years since his beloved African-American wife Haidee Bomars was gunned down by William Delaplace, the jilted lover she and Matthew had befriended. And right on schedule, Haidee's ashes have been stolen from the candy dish where Matthew kept them, presumably by one of the friends he'd invited to a party at which he didn't keep a close enough eye on the cremains. Worse, William Delaplace has been released from prison due to a clerical error and is headed like a homing pigeon back to Matthew's hearth, where he'll trash the place and leave threatening messages. What to do? For an intrepid hero of Matthew's storied background (Doublesign, Texas; the New Atlantis Bookstore); strength (the courage to defy his family and hers when he married Haidee); and formative memory of that formative experience with Sophie, there's only one choice: he agrees to let Delaplace kill him on May 18th, after Delaplace returns from a trip it's too late to cancel. It's just about then that Webb leaves Richard Brautigan territory and heads into the serious weirdness of H.P. Lovecraft. Like its predecessor, The Double (1998): puckish fun for pop postmodernists, restlessness alert for the less hip. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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