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Killing Johnny Fry by Walter Mosley
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Sep 07, 2008

it was amazing

Cordell inadvertently walks in on his long-time lover having very rough sex in her Central Park West apartment. Instead of confronting them, he watches for a few minutes, leaves, then begins plotting to kill his rival. While doing so, he abruptly quits his job, starts a new a career (sort of) and takes several new lovers, and has rough sex with all of them.

This book reminds me of the scene in Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Faclon," where Sam Spade tells a story about a man who was narrowly missed being smashed to death by a falling piece of iron from a construction site while walking to work. "It was if someone had pulled a lid off his life and shown him the works," Spade says (paraphrase). The man disappears, his wife hires Spade to find him, and he eventually does, living almost a carbon copy of the life he left behind.

Mosley, however, will have none of that. His character Cordell does change--into an erotic stallion who seems to have the ability to bed any woman he wants, while at the same time re-directing a rather boring and aimless life.
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