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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book, 27 Oct 2007
This review is from: Phineas Poe: Kiss Me/Judas/ Penny Dreadful/Hell's Half Acre (Paperback)
Will Christopher Baer is a sadist. He puts Phineas through the hoops, but more than that he'll do the same to the reader. It's page one that people fall for Baer, page eleven when you fall for Phineas - the lines themselves have become the stuff of fairytales among writer's circles. Baer's prose is beautiful, and that's not embellishment on my part. He could make you feel as if you've cleaned a newborn with one sentence and in the next you've desicrated your mother in the most foul way imaginable. Never stepping to the lowest-common-denominator throughout these three books Baer flirts with the greatest of writers and keeps his feet in the black heart of noir we can only assume he congealed from. The plots, from a twisted urban myth to a web like game of multiple personalities, never fail to entertain. Noir has never been so eloquent, so soft and so sharp.

That this omnibus was released was an act of contrition - to leave a reader waiting between the end of one book and the arrival of the next is sadism beyond Baer's mantle. If you're considering buying this book, just do. Don't think about it too long, and don't let your thoughts gestate. It'll hurt more in the long run.
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Phineas Poe: Kiss Me/Judas/ Penny Dreadful/Hell's Half Acre
Phineas Poe: Kiss Me/Judas/ Penny Dreadful/Hell's Half Acre by will christopher baer (Paperback - 9 Oct 2005)
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