"Unputdownable... a masterpiece of chilling, mesmerizing control.'"—Michael Dirda, Washington PostThe Horned Man opens with a man losing his place in a book, then deepens into a dark and terrifying tale of a man losing his place in the world. As Lawrence Miller—an English expatriate and professor of gender studies—tells the story of what appears to be an elaborate conspiracy to frame him for a series of brutal killings, we descend into a world of subtly deceptive appearances where persecutor and victim continually shift roles, where paranoia assumes an air of calm rationality, and where enlightenment itself casts a darkness in which the most nightmarish acts occur. As the novel races to its shocking conclusion, we follow Miller as he traverses the streets of Manhattan and the decaying suburbs beyond, in terrified pursuit of his pursuers. Written with sinuous grace and intellectual acuity, The Horned Man is an extraordinary, unforgettable first novel by an acclaimed writer and poet of unusual power. Reading group guide included.
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Although the Trumilcik case transpired before Miller’s arrival on campus, strange coincidences have lately made Miller suspicious that Trumilcik may be stalking him, or at least using Miller’s office after-hours: Miller keeps finding inexplicable telephone calls on his bill, and documents by Trum...| Read Full Review of The Horned Man
'It was like a riddle: what do a glass eye and a motiveless killing have in common?' Trumilcik's sinister trail grows ever stronger, until finally Lawrence encounters him in the basement of an abandoned synagogue: 'It was the only time I did see him, pale and tattered, stinking of dereliction, ...Feb 03 2002 | Read Full Review of The Horned Man
Be prepared to savor the appetizing assortment of red herrings, fresh clues, provocative questions, and formidable ideas that force readers to redefine their own perceptions of reality, memory, revenge, and the definition of madness.Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of The Horned Man
Her name is perhaps a clue that the more paranoid interpretation is the right one, but Miller wonders if the misplaced bookmark could be ‘a case of parapraxis – Freud’s term for the lapses of memory, slips of the tongue, and other minor suppressions of consciousness that occur in everyday life.’ ...| Read Full Review of The Horned Man
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