- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: AKASHIC BOOKS; Reprint edition (14 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933354534
- ISBN-13: 978-1933354538
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
High Life (Little House on the Bowery) Paperback – 14 Aug 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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High Life is noir on steroids. It has the blunt and gory mixture of sex, drugs, and violence that animates American Psycho, but it almost makes that novel resemble Winnie the Pooh by comparison. If you're put off by scatology, necrophilia, incest, and gruesome descriptions of death, you might want to give High Life a pass. On the other hand, if you can stomach the violence and the bizarre sexual appetites of the principle characters, you'll be rewarded with a masterful piece of writing, as well as an insightful examination of the seedy underbelly of Hollywood and the craving that certain outcasts feel for the well publicized lives of wealthy celebrities. Matthew Stokoe makes the novel's first person narrator into a likable sociopath--no small feat, and a tribute to his authorial abilities. The tightly plotted story is credible, the characters are fully realized, and the atmosphere is a rich mix of the darkness of noir and the superficial sunshine of Hollywood.
High Life is hard to put down and hard to forget. I would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could.
Supposedly this is being made into a film. I can't see how this story will slide past the censors. It will either have to be heavily edited or direct to video. If Stokoe himself has full control over filming and released the video on his own site, I'd buy a copy for $200 ...maybe more.
The writing is good, kept my interest, and if you can take the rather sick view of people and life the characters are interesting and story plays out well.