Shooting the Heart by Paul Cody

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With his previous novels—So Far Gone, Eyes Like Mine, and The Stolen Child—Paul Cody has established himself as a writer with uncommon gifts. Brian Hall (author of I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company) has said of his new novel: "I can think of no one else who writes with Cody’s combination of savagery and tenderness, or who displays such a translucent style to such reverberant effect." Cody here journeys into the mind of Earl Madden, a former Boston schoolteacher who has been committed to a state mental hospital. Manic depressive and heavily sedated, Earl is haunted by the disturbing question: Did I kill my wife? Could I have done such a thing?

As the novel progresses, Earl recalls with intermittent clarity his unstable childhood, his brief courtship and marriage, and his obsession with serial killers. He broods too about American history and literature, and about his lost parents and brother, but especially about his missing wife. Luminously written and intensely frightening, Shooting the Heart is an unforgettable novel that will grip the reader in suspense until its final revelation.


About Paul Cody

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Paul Cody is the author of "Eyes Like Mine" and "The Stolen Child," His work has appeared in "Harper's, The Quarterly, Story," and "The Boston Globe Magazine," and on "Voice of America," as a critic's choice. He has also been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant. He lives with his wife and two sons in Ithaca, New York.
Published April 30, 2004 by Unknown. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Earl remembers his own life in fragments: his unhappy childhood, shot with a few glimmers of very early happiness, his borderline abuse at the hands of a neighbor, his father’s breakdown, his mother’s decline and murder.

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Paul Cody's dark and disjointed third novel tells the story of a man so obsessed with serial killers that he may have crossed the line and become a killer himself.

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