Stone Baby Paperback – 2 Apr 2001
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‘Stone Baby uses the ingredients of the serial killer novel without any of the slick exploitative thrills of much of the genre to reveal the harm that ripples out from the damaged and damaging mind of a psychopath. It is an extraordinary achievement.’
Natasha Cooper, Express on Sunday
‘Compassionate and searingly honest, this is a book with real heart and strength’
Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News
From the Back Cover
Meet Lenny Bruce in a Dress (aka Jamie Gee), an inspirational stand-up comic with enough cutting edge to rival Boadicea. The punters love her – they think she's tough and in control – but Lily Carlson, her best friend and manager, knows better. Underneath it all, Jamie's desperate for love: the victim of a brutal past, her one fatal flaw is men, and she has an unerring ability to pick Mr Wrong.
As Jamie lurches from one bastard to the next, Lily and beautiful Asian transvestite Mojo do the damage-limitation thing. But they'd all reckoned without Sean Powers, a vicious psychopath with the face and body of a god, who threatens to smash the menage à trois that sustains them. It's easy to see what makes Jamie fall so hard for Sean, but what's in it for him? And what does he really want from her?
”An extraordinary achievement”
NATASHA COOPER, 'Express on Sunday'
”Joolz Denby unsparingly writes her characters into the abyss to show that the cost of murder is limitless, that the worst stories never end. In doing so, her tough, tender, edgy novel is characterised by savage compassion”
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Top Customer Reviews
If you only read one crime novel in your life, even if you read nothing else, read this one.
Like the other review says READ IT NOW and tell people about this excellent novel.
AND please, Joolz, if you read this continue the adventures of the four (or three if you feel Mojo will not reappear, but I think he will)
All I can finish with is Superb, five stars does not do this book justice
First, though, the reason this doesn't get five stars is because, well, books deserving five stars should be real life-changers. I've only read a handful of such books and they are absolute rarities.
That's not to say this is poor. Far from it. Joolz writes brilliantly and honestly. Anyone familiar with her poetry will know that it's savage beauty can rend your heart in two.
This is more like her performance, though. The wider scope of the novel genre has allowed her to really excel in her role as a story-teller. Everyone who's seen her live knows that this is Joolz's real skill. Her story-telling is impeccable, like the true poets of Old English. The story IS poetry. Not some heavy-handed and laboured musings. The reality and the authenticity of the words are where the beauty is and this is Joolz's talent.
The story is unfolded effortlessly, like she's there next to you with a pot of tea just, well, talking to you. It's a pretty major achievement and I do feel that the ability to tell a story so well is pretty uncommon. I rate Joolz alongside Hermann Hesse or, say, Knut Hamsun.
Like I said, this didn't change the way I view the world, but it was a very powerful tale and executed with such assured deftness that I will go back to it again and again.
It's a wonderful tale of friendship and anger, and I very highly reccommend it.
You read Joolz Denby's fiction like it's one of her performances. As usual, it leaves you awestruck.
So I read on ....
Joolz has written a book about my friends, known enemies and passers-by, the houses we've lived in ..... and somewhere in there dispelled the myth that we made a perfect society. She has shown that for all our manic potestations of non-conformity, we were, and are, a microcosm of the society whose rules we distain and bigotry (if not inbred in us) is fed us by the tabloid machinery of hate.
So I question all, and I question me: - who was I? - how did I react?
.... and damn, but a book that makes you think and question is a rare exception in this world where life is reduced to the blandest, most acceptable, lowest common denomator.
So please, my friend, make the lady happy and buy it .... if you hate the story you'll love the descriptive writing! (it's better value than a t-shirt! :-) )
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The last two lines of the synopsis as shown for the item as listed on Amazon seemed a bit "cheesy" (and, as Paul McCarton - reviewer mentions below, "made me cringe") but if you... Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2007 by C. Baines
I have to honestly say I struggled to make it to the end of this book. The author seemed to have good credentials, a speech poet of some renown but amazingly this has translated... Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2004 by Paul Mccartan
Stone Baby is a fantastic story, funny, gripping, romantic, hedonistic and deeply moving. It has created a lasting impression upon me since I read it. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2002