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D/s: An Anti-Love Story

Kadet, Gary S.

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ISBN 10: 0312848846 / ISBN 13: 9780312848842
Published by Forge, New York, 2000
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First edition, June 2000, stated; first printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the front endpaper: "Beat, don't cheat, the one you love / Gary Kadet." The author's debut novel, a tale of a newcomer to dominant/submissive sex who ends up a murder suspect. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.95); "Signed by the author/Harvard Bookstore" sticker on front panel. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001911

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Title: D/s: An Anti-Love Story

Publisher: Forge, New York

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

What happens when you step outside of your life for the briefest of moments? Perry Patetick learns that when his fantasies become reality, his life as he'd known it for ever would change in an instant.

When Perry Patetick capriciously stumbles into Cruel and Unusual, an S&M boutique, after being fired from the newspaper he worked for, he thought he found what had been missing from his life.

His fiancee, Ms. Right, the safeguard of his life, is excluded from Perry's new sordid dark life and the downward spiral into the black abyss of the Ubu Roi, an afterhours club where sex, bondage, and beatings are apropos.

But what happens to reality when it's replaced by fantasy and all that you see is only an illusion? Truth will prevail. After Perry is sucked into the debauched lifestyle of D/s, reality returns when Perry is named as the prime suspect in a brutal murder done S&M style.

And reality is, only Perry can save himself.

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"In D/s, Gary Kadet takes the reader on a dazzling, dizzying ride into the phantasmagoric underworld of heavy-duty sexual fetishism, a spookily seductive realm that has rarely been treated with such boldness and bravura. In exploring that subterranean place where sex and violence, love and death, ritual and profanity are inextricably merged, Kadet has produced a brave and provocative book whose subject is nothing less than the mystery of the self."

-Harold Schecter, bestselling author of Deranged and Deviant

"Now here's a book that just oozes with non-stop, graphic, unnatural sex. Most writing about sex is awfully solemn and pretty awful, but this book is positively gleeful. It's called D/s-that's big D-slash-small s. Get it? Dominant/submissive, S&M. Gary S. Kadet's novel has an authoritarian air-thorough research-and his take throughout is that kinky, painful, often gender-bending sex is both ridiculous and fun....This sizable novel leisurely investigates the oddities of fetishism-there's an extremely funny group excursion to the big-time depravity of New York....

-Alice Turner, Fiction Editor, Playboy

"Gary S. Kadet is a magician. In just one chapter, he transforms an engagingly cynical reporter into a submissive apprentice to a nouveau-chic dominatrix. That the transformation strikes you as not merely credible but also inevitable speaks worlds about D/s as a novel, and the inclusion of a murder-mystery element catapults this 'walk on the wild side' into La Vida Loca. A truly different-and terrific-read."

-Jeremiah Healy, acclaimed author of Spiral

"This new literary voice takes us somewhere else. Kadet's novel of S&M, D/s for the adventurer who is willing to travel into a new erotic, suspenseful fictive dream: One that has not been dreamt before. Bravo to Kadet for keeping this reader marveling at his deft prose and turning the pages of this edgy story."

-MJ Rose, author of Lip Service

"Gary Kadet's first novel is brilliantly innovative and wildly original. D/s is Looking for Mr. Goodbar for the new millenium, taking us on a hellish ride along one man's descent into sexual and moral depravity that turns into a Kafka-esque nightmare. Reading it is like peeking into a world we're not supposed to see, a world hidden behind curtains Kadet parts with a bold vision and unique sensibility. His is a new and welcome voice that makes D/s stand for Damn sensational."

-Jon Land, author of A Walk in the Darkness

"Startlingly extortionate prose. As a crime story this book is truly the Curse of Cain. I loved it." -Robin Moore, author of The French Connection and The Accidental Pope

"This wicked, funny book spins the kind of tale I love to read: an everyman dragged down into a swirling underworld of sexual obsession while trying like hell to keep a toehold in normal life. It's like a trip to an adult amusement park where you know it's bad for you but you can't make yourself leave. Gary Kadet's writing is alternately hilarious and painfully insightful."

Philip Reed, author of Bird Dog

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