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Plainclothes Naked [Paperback]

Jerry Stahl


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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060933534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060933531
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 13.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,517,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: November 2002 Pages: 336 in Publisher: Harper Collins In a wildly careening plot that can only be described as crack noir two pipeheads accidentally steal a photo of George W. Bush's presidential package and decide to blackmail the Republican Party . Before the crack-crazed thieves can follow through. however. gorgeous. whip-smart Nurse Tina. who's just offed her husband with a bowl of Drano-laced Lucky Charms. absconds with the goods. When Manny Rubert. a scarred ex-junkie turned codeine-popping detective. is called in to investigate the foamer hubby's untimely demise. love hits him like a wrench to the head. Soon Manny and Tina are making plans of their own for the presidential pie - and for their future together. But the meddling police chiefs and motel room sex-change surgeons of the world just won't leave them alone. And then there are those killer ...

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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars crack noir 22 Aug 2006
By K. D. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a book that begs to be put up on the big screen. In fact, I was constantly reminded of Richard Linklater's take on "A Scanner Darkly," visualizing this as a better framework. Not that there's anything wrong with "Scanner," but "Plainclothes" beats it with a rusty razor-studded belt for sheer drug-drenched slapstick. The pages turn like a Jim Thompson potboiler read out loud blindfolded in a scramjet scraping the treetops at full throttle. Jerry Stahl has here sketched out a cartoonish burg riddled with misfits and sex maniacs, as if all the world's twisted psyches gathered for a crazy convention in one small town about the size of 300 pages or so. The words glide along the concourse of your mind in horse-sized slaps. This is the kind of prose that makes you do double-takes; some lines have to be repeated because you can't believe you read them right the first time.

If you've dunked your eyeballs into Stahl's earlier "Perv: A Love Story," you're no stranger to his brand of verbal assault, scenarios that no God-fearing person could read straight through without feeling that spine-scorching flash of guilt. However, while "Perv" was like a more demented version of Disney's "Small World" boat ride, populated by child rapists, deformed bullies and schizophrenic daredevils, "Plainclothes" is a sort of angel dust-flaked detective pulp novel with tongue firmly wagging through hole in cheek. The impetus of the tale involves the presidential scrotum. Oh, and it's a Last Tango-esque love story to boot. Manny, a former heroin addict cum codeine junky, is a police detective blackmailing everyone he knows. When he stumbles on the scene of a wife who's offed her hubby with a bowl of Lucky Charms, Draino and one mashed-up lightbulb, he falls in love and gets a gander at a photo involving George W. Bush, the town's mayor (formerly knowns as Manny's wife) and G-dogg's family jewels markered up in a happy face. To get to the bottom of the story behind the snapshot, Manny will have to tangle with the likes of a sexually abused, crack smoking killing machine; a delusional police chief immersed in a Hollywood fantasy wherein his biggest concern is casting a star to play his part; and a rest home nurse who's into S&M. Stahl proves once again that's he's the best thing around since I had to give up taking acid alone because I could no longer handle walking the plank above hell and hearing my echo repeating into the infinite for hours on end.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Sick and Funny Puppy 9 Nov 2001
By Sarah Bisman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Totally gross, whacked-out, really well written, suspenseful, with an unexpected romantic twist. I laughed out loud a few times reading this insane stuff. The perfect antidote to an overdose of George W. Peace.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I've read better. 25 May 2004
By Amber LeClaire - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This wasn't bad, or anything. It was just... very unbelievable. I like unbelievable, but not extremely unbelievable. I didn't have to strain to read it. I just kind of said "huh..." when I was done. After I finished reading Permanent Midnight I said "Wow!" I want more of the wow response, Jerry. No more of this huh stuff. Perv was right in between the two with a "Nice"
I don't really know. It just felt like everything had the expectable twists and turns. I mean, I never saw anything coming, but after I read it, I wasn't surprised. There was ONE surprise that caught me off gaurd though. And it was pretty good. When Stahl is good, he absolutely amazes me. When he's not being absolutely smashing, his writing just comes off as blah. Still interesting, but blah at the same time.
In retrospect, this book wasn't that bad. I have read FAR worse (the STRAW MEN by Micheal Marshall; it was a "I can't believe I wasted all that time reading that piece of crap" book). Plainclothes Naked was interesting and fun to read. And while I'll still read anything Jerry Stahl puts out, I wouldn't read this for a second time. Permanent Midnight, maybe. But not this.
Maybe this should be 3.5. Ehh.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stahl is brilliant 5 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I loved both of Stahl's previous books, Permanent Midnight--the best drug memoir ever--and Perv, which captured the skeezy side of Flower Power with such precision that any newbie Phish or SCI wookie skank should check it out before getting in a car with some parking lot tour rat. Plainclothes Naked transfers Stahl's dark vision to the noir style, and it's a perfect marriage. More plot-driven than PM or Perv, it's hilarious, driving, disturbing, and ultimately, like all of Stahl's writing, redemptive. Can't wait for the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stahl is still on his way... 5 Oct 2002
By Wesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
to writing a truly great novel. Perv began so wonderfully and lost a little bit toward the end (in my opinion). Stahl has managed to correct that area with Plainclothes Naked, making it a more consistent novel throughout (not that it doesn't have flaws, but in comparison it is much more consistent), and he has also managed to include more of his trademark use of language that makes reading his Details articles so wonderful. Stahl manages to provide an intelligent sense of humor without trying to curry the favor of the literati by talking down to the average reader. He is willing to have fun, and it seems like he is having fun as he writes. That's great to see when you pick up a book for enjoyment. I devoured the book because of his sense of humor and was ready to read more. Whether or not it matches Permanent Midnight I can say, but it certainly looks like Stahl is progressing in his fiction and I can't wait for the next novel to surpass the two before.
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