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New York: Knopf (2010).
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Synopsis of Mr. Peanut
David Pepin has loved his wife since the moment they met, and after
thirteen years of marriage he still can't imagine living without
her--yet he obsessively contemplates her demise. Soon she "is "dead,
and he's both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.
officers investigating her death are intimately familiar with conjugal
enigmas. Detective Ward Hastroll was happily, complacently married
until his wife became inexplicably, voluntarily, and militantly
bedridden. And Detective Sam Sheppard is especially sensitive to
marital guilt, having decades before been convicted and then declared
innocent of his wife's brutal murder.
When Pepin is linked to a
hit man, the ambiguity enfolding this case begins to resemble the
Escher drawings that inspire the computer games he designs for a
living. These complex, interlocking dramas brilliantly explore the
twinned impulses of love and hate, murder and marriage, each endlessly
recycling into the other.
Mesmerizing, hugely poignant, astonishing in its reach, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul and a first novel of the highest order.
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