Plainclothes Naked by Jerry Stahl

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In a wildly careening plot that can only be described as crack noir, two pipeheads accidentally steal a photo of George W. Bush's presidential package and decide to blackmail the Republican Party. Before the crack-crazed thieves can follow through, however, gorgeous, whip-smart Nurse Tina, who's just offed her husband with a bowl of Drano-laced Lucky Charms, absconds with the goods. When Manny Rubert, a scarred ex-junkie turned codeine-popping detective, is called in to investigate the "foamer" hubby's untimely demise, love hits him like a wrench to the head.

Soon Manny and Tina are making plans of their own for the presidential pie -- and for their future together. But the meddling police chiefs and motel room sex-change surgeons of the world just won't leave them alone. And then there are those killer crackheads, still out there and closing in....


About Jerry Stahl

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Jerry Stahl: Jerry Stahl is the author of six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight, (made into a movie with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and the novels I, Fatty and Pain Killers. Formerly "Culture" columnist for Details, Stahl's fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and the Believer, among other places. He has worked extensively in film and television and, most recently, wrote Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, for HBO.
Published June 3, 2009 by William Morrow. 340 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The nurse and the cop come to crave each other, but growing lust must be set aside until the matter of the photo is cleared up, a task that involves duping the thieves and takes somewhat longer than it should for readers who may find nonstop gore, raunch, crack-smoking, car chases, car wrecks, di...

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It's the world according to Stahl, back with a third tale of whacked-out people in a whacked-out world (after Perv—A Love Story and a memoir, Permanent Midnight).

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