CHICAGO LOOP by Paul Theroux

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"Riveting...CHICAGO LOOP is an icy tale brilliantly imagined."
He knifes silently through the shadows of the steamy Chicago summer night, prowling for lonely souls who need his help. The desperate come to him, answering his ads with promises of romantic evenings and possibly a future, never suspecting that they are the prey, chosen to statiate a twisted sexual desire.
Parker Jagoda is also a successful businessman with a wife, a child, and a house in the suburbs—respectable, health-conscious, and polite. Nobody knows about his jagged double life, his dark, hungry obsessions. He has fooled everyone except those who gasp their last dying scream. And, of course, he has not fooled himself—which may be the only glimmer of hope left inside the darkest of hearts....

About Paul Theroux

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PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
Published January 1, 1994 by Ivy Books.
Genres: . Fiction

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Parker Jagoda is a conspicuously successful Chicago architect who drives a BMW, eats a diet rigorously purged of fats and artificial coloring (and lectures acquaintances about their own meals), lies compulsively and gratuitously to strangers about himself, recoils distastefully from a Mapplethorp...

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Giving us no history and little information about the rest of his protagonist's life, Theroux focuses tightly on Jagoda's perceptions, describing grim horrors and his character's escalating isolation in simple, Kafkaesque prose.

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The secret life of a successful Chicago real-estate developer who murders a woman he meets through a personal ad is the subject of Theroux's forceful and disturbing novel.

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