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Be prepared! These stories are sure to set the mind afire, spanning time and space, written by one of the most inventive authors of his generation. Stories include “Skidmore, “ “The Sin-Eater of the Kaw, “ “The Hero of the Night, “ “The Territory, “ and the title piece.
Oliver Vale was conceived in the back seat of a car on the day Buddy Holly died. He was raised to fervently believe in personal freedom, UFOs, higher consciousness and rock-and-roll. Then one day he turns on the TV to find Buddy Holly on every channel—broadcasting nonstop from a moon of Jupiter… and telling the world that Oliver Vale knows the reason why. Suddenly Oliver is on the run—trying to put some distance between himself and a bloodthirsty pursuing mob of religious fanatics, disguised Kansas aliens, a killer cyborg dog,a CIA assassin… and desperate couch potatoes who want their soap operas back.
Jimmy Blackburn grows up in the Midwest believing the things that adults tell him. He questions his teachers and they lie to him. He questions his parents and his father beats him. He questions the world and it hurts him.
And so Jimmy Blackburn becomes a killer.
In this novel we meet many of Blackburn’s twenty-one victims. They include law enforcers, writers, adulterers, auto mechanics, and other liars.
This is an exceptional novel, at once riotously funny and searingly potent: a vision of America through the eyes of the central bogeyman of our culture.