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Like a hardboiled, noir-ish version of A Confederacy of Dunces, Michael A. Lucas’ Devil Born Without Horns is a picaresque tale of a jobless misfit. But, where medievalist Ignatius J. Reilly is a crude, pompous, ultimately lovable buffoon, film geek James Pichaske is another matter altogether. After getting a degree in film theory, the erudite James weighs his employment options, which are grim at best. Finally opting for grunt work in order to protect his creative muse, he lands a job as a deliveryman at Nimbus, a high-end furniture store. He quickly discovers that there’s a lot more to Nimbus than sofas and chairs a discovery that leads him down a road of crime, drugs, and disillusionment. This smartly paced and wickedly funny satire marks the debut of an exciting new voice in crime fiction.
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Michael Lucas was born on March 10, 1972, in Moscow. After acquiring a degree in law...wait, that's the porn star Michael Lucas.Review:
Devil Born Without Horns truly is an outstanding read. Packed with sardonic wit and dark humor, the story is strikingly original, unexpectedly interesting, and brilliantly written. The author's writing style is highly distinctive. Perhaps the best way to describe it would be Scott Adams-noir. One could imagine that if Dilbert gave up his cubicle, took on a furniture delivery job for a dysfunctional company named Nimbus, and succumbed to his latent antisocial tendencies, he might very well become this book's protagonist, James Pichaske. Nimbus's owner, Jerry, isn't exactly a pointy-haired boss, yet he is a neurotic, disorganized, and ineffectual boob nevertheless. The central character, James, does not start off as a reprobate. A recent film school graduate, he is both likeable and easy to identify with-highly intelligent, charmingly irreverent, and an extraordinarily hard worker. Through diligence and a bit of luck he quickly finds himself not only making deliveries but also in charge of the company's warehouse. His optimistic perspective helps him discover virtue in almost everything, at least for a while. When he is forced to deal with recalcitrant co-workers, backstabbing managers, and irrational customers, however, he slowly climbs deeper and deeper into his fortress of cynicism and selfishness. Events ultimately conspire in ways that cause him to reassess his options and embrace his darker side. Unfortunately for our erstwhile hero, things quickly spin out of control. Everything comes to a head when James and his obtuse co-worker Arthur decide to rob their company's wealthy client, an enigmatic cult leader named Purnam. The book's opening paragraph begins, "Although I d often been told that a college education would prove useful regardless of whatever else I did in my life, my bachelor's degree was no help whatsoever in making up my mind to shoot someone." This not only grabs reader s attention, but also sets the tone for the rest of the story. You know it's going to be a train wreck, but it is an exhilarating ride getting there. Overall, the book is a beguiling read with appealing characters, a surprisingly credible plot, and refreshing effective pacing. If you like dark humor, this one's definitely for you. --Lawrence A Kane, ForeWord Magazine
Writing this smart is rarely, if ever, this funny; and writing this funny is rarely, if ever, this smart. This tome is rife with insights and bellylaughs - more per square inch than anything I can remember reading. Ever. --Boyd Rice
I don't know much about crime noir, but I'm pretty sold on this book. Following the life of James, a recently graduated film student, Devil Born Without Horns is a really intriguing and riveting book to read. --Thera Woods, MaximumRocknRoll
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Book Description Rudos and Rubes, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110977895211