Sock by Penn Jillette

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Twisting the buddy cop story upside down and inside out, Penn Jillette has created the most distinctive narrator to come along in fiction in many years: a sock monkey called Dickie. The sock monkey belongs to a New York City police diver who discovers the body of an old lover in the murky waters of the Hudson River and sets off with her best friend to find her killer. The story of their quest swerves and veers, takes off into philosophical riffs, occasionally stops to tell a side story, and references a treasure trove of 1970's and 1980's pop culture.

Sock is a surprising, intense, fascinating piece of work.


About Penn Jillette

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Penn Jillette has published numerous articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, and elsewhere. He is the author of the novel Sock and the comedic How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker (coauthored by Teller). He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Published July 1, 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin. 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrator is Dickie, a sock monkey owned by the Little Fool, Clayton Fraser Benz, a six-feet-four police officer who is part of a dive team and spends his working hours in a rubber suit searching through sewage and river water.

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Along with his silent partner Teller, magician and artistic jack-of-all-trades Penn Jillette has made a career-long commitment to debunking the pretentious, the deceptive, and the artificially mysterious via stage shows, books, television specials, and the cable series Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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Entertainment Weekly

Dickie is a worldly, wiseass sock monkey, owned by an NYPD diver dubbed Little Fool who's never quite grown up.

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'Social science.' 'Computer science.' If your field is so insecure about its place in science that your field has to sneak the word in, your field is probably not science."

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