A riveting novel of a respectable man's shocking secret life. Parker Jagoda is a successful businessman with a wife, a child, and a house in the suburbs. Those who answer his personal ads never suspect they will be his prey, chosen to satiate a twisted sexual desire. . . . A New York Times Notable Book.
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"Riveting...CHICAGO LOOP is an icy tale brilliantly imagined."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
He knifes silently through the shadows of the steamy Chicago summer night, prowling for lonely souls who need his help. The desperate come to him, answering his ads with promises of romantic evenings and possibly a future, never suspecting that they are the prey, chosen to statiate a twisted sexual desire.
Parker Jagoda is also a successful businessman with a wife, a child, and a house in the suburbs--respectable, health-conscious, and polite. Nobody knows about his jagged double life, his dark, hungry obsessions. He has fooled everyone except those who gasp their last dying scream. And, of course, he has not fooled himself--which may be the only glimmer of hope left inside the darkest of hearts....
Parker Jagoda, the central figure of this disturbing tale, is the latest in a series of Theroux characters who lead double lives. In one, he is a successful businessman with a family, flashy car, and house in the Chicago suburbs. In the other, he is a shadowy social chameleon who invents new identities hourly as he rushes to secret rendezvous with women he meets through personal ads. After he murders one of these women in a manner that leads the tabloids to dub him the "Wolfman," his two selves violently collide. Guilt forces him to face the monster beneath his slick yuppie veneer and sends him hurtling toward a fatal attempt at atonement. Mixing elements of social satire, psychological study, and thriller, Theroux presents a bleak vision of contemporary life--a world in which people divorced from nature, society, and self act out their darkest impulses. Recommended for most libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/90.
- Lawrence Rungren, Bedford Free P.L., Mass.
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Book Description Tusquets, 1992. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9788472232969
Book Description Tusquets, 1992. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M8472232964