Publisher: Viking Press
Publication Date: 1973
Edition: 1st Edition.
New York. 1973. Viking Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With A Few Tears And Some Fading To The Spine. 232 pages. October 1973. hardcover. Jacket design by Mel Williamson. 0670512230. keywords: Literature America Southern. inventory # 16033. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Southwestern Mississippi University is under siege by the Absurd, and fear, lust, and enigma are its henchmen. The Knocker has struck Old Main, sneaking up on teachers and graduate assistants studying late in their offices, and bashing them from behind. He has not robbed, raped, or maimed—just conked. Several theories circulate: is the Knocker operating at random, or is he a puckish public servant out to eliminate the campus drones and bores? The coshing of Didi Sweet, lean, mean, ankle-braceleted Ph.D. candidate, cancels that comforting theory. And then strikes the Killer, whose pattern seems purposeful at first. The Killer is a fanciful man, a real detective-novelist’s dream; he decapitates two night watchmen and pins their badges over their mouths. In a distressing lapse of logic, he murders a fool of an English instructor and forces Thorpe Trove into the role of sleuth-hero. Trove is an orphan (like all heroes), with a vaporous voice, hair like a ball of dead orange leaves, and purple glasses. He thinks the world ‘tragic and meaningful to an insane degree.’ He is a drop-out; television is his university. He is also very rich. In his thirty-year-old bachelorhood, he plays landlord to an elite group of graduate students who have a vigorous interest in learning the identity of the monster on the loose. Trove’s investigations, conducted in a series of interviews with friends who sit in his manorial bathroom confessing to his tape recorder, turn up some teasing clues—are Killer and Knocker one and the same? Before anyone can find out, Hurricane Camille barrels down on the campus. For Trove, it’s all feverishly exciting. But has the evidence been buried forever? And in the face of natural holocaust, do these mysteries have anything more than narrative significance? A brilliant and horrific piece of baroque comedy, NIGHTWATCHMEN makes immoralists of us all. BARRY HANNAH’s first novel, GERONIMO REX, was greeted with ecstatic reviews and nominated for a National Book Award for 1972. He is currently taking a break from teaching at Clemson University in South Carolina before starting a term as writer-in-residence at Middlebury College, Vermont. Mr. Hannah is a graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Arkansas, and the father of three children. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With A Few Tears And Some Fading To The Spine. Bookseller Inventory # 16033
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