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Deviant Behavior: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, Fatherhood, and Crystal Skulls

2.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Jonathan Seede is the picture of Washington, DC, respectability, an urban pioneer with a pretty wife, a new baby, and a job at the town's most esteemed newspaper. But ten blocks from the White House, on the notorious Fourteenth Street strip, a war is raging over deviant behavior. And Seede is on the front lines, deep into a secret freelance project that's taking him to pla ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Grove Press
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Douglas Lord
Verdict: Sager (Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll and MurderScary Monsters and Super Freaks) has a keen eye for detail that brings to life the nasty underbelly of Washington, DC, circa the early 1990s, but it's impossible to discern the story in the mess of a plot.

Background: In his first novel, Sager, a writer-at-large for Esquire, introduces readers to Jonathan Seede, a renowned, young Washington Herald reporter whose wife has left him for unknown reasons. A
Colin McKay Miller
Mike Sager’s Deviant Behavior delves into the lives of a lot of characters—a reporter, a teenage runaway, a billionaire, a high-profile gay activist, a music legend, various law enforcers (some honest, some not), pimps, hookers, and gang members—on seedier side of late 80s-early 90s Washington, D.C. I like stories with intersecting characters, but there are so many in Deviant Behavior that it’s hard to keep track of who’s who. Everyone has a story to tell, but that doesn’t mean every story shoul ...more
I started this book on the recommendation of my husband, who's not an avid reader. But I thought I'd give it a go even though I didn't really know what it was about. It was an interesting read, albeit not subject matter I'm used to reading. None the less, it was a nice change of pace. My only complaint is that it tied itself up quickly and a little too perfectly.
Apr 13, 2012 Systemic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a book that started out so promisingly, the final half of the book is a letdown. Without ruining what, I suppose, is supposed to be twist ending let's just say that you'll be either confused or annoyed that you read the whole book.
May 30, 2008 Bobby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I've read in a long time. Pointless and stereotyped characters, too many plots that don't come together in any meaningful way, and feigned, generic philosophical statements that have no depth.
Apr 28, 2008 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent thriller -- gives lots of local color (even if it conflates streets for poetic license). Not a great nvoel, but an engaging bit of fluff.
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Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. A former Washington Post staff writer under Watergate investigator Bob Woodward, he worked closely, during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Sager is the author of four collections of non-fiction, two novels, and one biography. He has served for more than fifteen years as a ...more
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