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A Future Classic of Hollywood Noir,
This review is from: High Life (Little House on the Bowery) (Paperback)
Matthew Stokoe follows up his visceral novel Cows with this brilliant yet graphic crime thriller. I came across Cows on the recommendation of a friend who claimed to have found the most shocking novel I would ever read. It quite possibly is one of the most visceral books in existance, impossible to enjoy but also impossible to put down. High Life is just as gruesome with regards to sex and violence but it is a far superior tale to it's predecessor. The book is told from the point of view of Jack, a nobody who moves to Hollywood to pursue his dreams of working in the film industry. Instead he finds himself living amongst the sleazy criminal underbelly of Los Angeles whilst at the same time investigating the murder of his wife, a hooker he had recently married.
I can't think of many other authors who would think to include drugs, prostitution, murder and blackmail in the same book as tramp torture and illegal organ harvesting but Stokoe isn't a typical author. If you can look past the stomach churning excesses of High Life it is an excellent, well written crime thriller.