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High Life (Little House on the Bowery) Paperback – 14 Aug 2008

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Product details

  • 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)
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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.
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This must rate as one of the most oustanding of modern horror thrillers. Horror, not as in the traditional horror genre, but is in horrifying. Despite the occasionally unsavoury subject matter of Stokoe's writing, this is a rollercoaster ride in terms of plot tension and excitement mixed with terrifying and gratuitous situations. Stokoe's imagination is unlimited in its ferocious approach to fiction. Outrageous moments flash out of nowhere and leave the reader breathless with terror and surprise. In the midst of all this is a complex tale of real mystery and suspense. It's a great story apart from anything, its just that when the added gut churning aspects are thrown in the book becomes a triumph of lewd and degrading twists.
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What I like about this book is that the descriptions make the vile acts so realistic that you can almost taste the scene. It depicts human nature at its worst and most depraved. Maybe it shows how people really are in certain industries. The only part I sort of cringed a lot at was when Jack had to hang onto a guy while a cop cut him open and pulled out his entrails. I am not sure why it was the most shocking part. But it felt very very real. There are a lot of little trinkets of wisdom amongst these pages and some funny lines too. I wont give any spoilers cos this book is well worth reading. It is well written with excellent descriptions. I will be interested to read the author's new book when it comes out. I only have the last one left and I am going to savour that in the hope he finishes the new one soon.
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This is a great book. Stokoe is a twisted and sick author, and knows how to hold your attention. Superb
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4.0 out of 5 stars Noir on Steroids (4.5 stars) 14 Sept. 2010
By TChris - Published on Amazon.com
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Jack lives in a seedy part of LA, works at Donut Haven, is married to a hooker named Karen, and dreams of being a celebrity. It doesn't surprise him when Karen disappears after selling her kidney for $30,000. Expecting her to be on a prolonged bender, Jack goes looking for Karen and instead finds the police, in a park, examining a gutted body. Jack soon enters into uncomfortable relationships with a police detective named Ryan and a seductive surgeon named Bella. His life is about to become much better -- or much worse -- than he ever imagined.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written porn with a few grizzly twists and the hint of a mystery thrown in. 21 Feb. 2014
By M. Piacenza - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm giving it five stars because of the quality of the writing. Parts of the narrative are absolutely outstanding. The guy can really write, which made the story itself such a big disappointment. Even thought a lot of really, really, bad stuff happens, it's pretty much the standard LA tale of drugs, disappointment, misery and degradation. Maybe the author spent a couple of months there and regrets what they made him do. He does have some idea of the geography of the town though. Must have had a really, really, good map of the star's homes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Compelling 9 Feb. 2013
By RoyT - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliantly written, this is a book that will haunt your dreams and make you think twice about what really goes on behind closed doors. Gritty and poetic - the imagery Stokoe conjures up will stay with you for a very long time. The plot keeps you wanting to turn the pages even though sometimes you're afraid of what you might find. When it comes to this novel the feint of heart need not apply. I also recommend Empty Mile which is another fine piece of writing from Stokoe. A name I think we'll all be hearing a lot more of in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest example of Emetic Literature. 19 Feb. 2016
By S. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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There's nothing I can say that other reviewers haven't already said. This book is dark, grimy, repulsive and disturbing to an extreme degree.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good if you can take it. 25 Aug. 2015
By Grumble Buffin - Published on Amazon.com
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A book filled with depravity, debauchery and disgusting sex and violence. The main character shows curiosity bordering on a basic moral sense, but never quite gets there. Instead, as he slowly unravels a murder case, he sinks into more and more socially unacceptable behavior, but never really seems to get caught or pay the price.

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.
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