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Komarnicki, Todd.

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ISBN 10: 0385468490 / ISBN 13: 9780385468497
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1993
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Hard Cover. 8vo - over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" tall. 274 pages. SIGNED by author. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Light shelf wear and rubbing to DJ, else Fine. Author's first novel. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the title page. A very fine copy of the First Printing of the First edition protected in a new Brodart cover. Bookseller Inventory # 00457

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Title: Free.

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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Jefferson Alexander "Free" Freeman, a confused homeless man, investigates a series of brutal murders, journeying from the back alleys of New Orleans to Hong Kong and facing a confrontation with the dark secrets of his own soul. A first novel.

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A high concept from screenwriter Komarnicki: a homeless man turns detective to solve a series of murders. The execution, though, is middling--and muddled. Komarnicki brings a bit of authenticity to his first novel: He does volunteer work for a homeless shelter in Santa Monica. And so narrator Jefferson Alexander Freeman, a.k.a. ``Free,'' is a half- believable creation, a 30-year-old as lonely as ``a rhinoceros,'' with few memories of the days before he ended up--victim of some buried trauma--in New Orleans 13 years back. (Free's mind has been further confused by a fall through a stained-glass window, embedding glass in his skull, from which it protrudes ``like the rough outline of a horn.'') But Free is a nice homeless man, who won't beg for a living or stare at the strippers peeling in the bar he haunts; who has all his teeth; who doesn't do drugs (he throws away a chanced-upon fortune in heroin); and who cares enough about the murder of his ``buddy'' with the odd tattoo on his shoulder blade, and then that of a stripper-pal with a similar tattoo, to sleuth out the killer--all this as likely as Free's love affair with the equally lonely Chinese-American lady cop assigned to the killings. The tattoo-trail takes the duo to Hong Kong, where they tie killings in to a heroin-smuggling ring muled by America-bound refugees fleeing the imminent Red takeover--and not only does Free help solve the case but he recalls his life-shattering trauma, after which revelation the glass in his skull miraculously dissolves, leaving him a rhino no more: and on Christmas Eve, no less. Some nice insights into the homeless life--but, overall, a smart idea gets beaten senseless by overwriting. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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