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Stone City by Mitchell Smith
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Jun 15, 07

Recommended for: everyone
Read in July, 1991

i read this book in the summer of 1991, and so much of the imagery within sticks with me today.

this was the best serial-killer-killing-other-killers-in-prison book i ever read. the best, and the only.

a boozy english professor drives home drunk from an uppercrusty late one night. the party breaks up when the host catches his horny wife getting plowed from behind by the gardner in the laundry room.

on the way home, the professor sees a little girl on her bike at the top of a hill. she looks kind of sad, and rides her bike down the slope to meet his onrushing car, which promptly sucks her under a set of crushing wheels.

the description of this sequence, in which the girl is
made of a chunky paste about midway down her torso, is just amazing and awful.

long story slighty shorter, professor goes to prison.

while there, he is contacted by the FBI because they want him to help them capture an elusive serial killer who operates within the prison, killing men in locked cells,
disappearing and reappearing in impossible places. in exchange for being the FBI's inside man, he'll get a shorter sentence.

STONE CITY is not a happy book. It's about morally compromised people hurting each other, murdering each other and raping each other. The ending is particularly
nihilistic and dark, but the novel as a whole is gripping and realistic.


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