The Poet in Exile by Ray Manzarek

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Is the lead singer of America’s most notorious rock and roll band really buried in Paris? Years after the Poet’s apparent death, his longtime musical collaborator and friend Roy receives the first of several mysterious postcards bearing cryptic verse, signed only “J.” Trusting his instinct that this is not a hoax, Roy traces the cards to their apparent source—a remote island in the Indian Ocean. There, to his amazement, he is re-united with the man once known as “the snake man,” and hears the remarkable story of his faked death—and the rebirth it made possible. A happily married man, the father of two children, he has discovered the secret to life and is finally free of the demons that had driven him headlong through the American night. Now an enticing question arises: Would destiny smile upon the re-launch of one of the most influential rock and roll bands in history? “... a narrative that ends with a moment of authentic surprise and heart-tugging poignancy.”—Los Angeles Times

About Ray Manzarek

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Manzarek, a former member of The Doors, has produced four albums by the punk rock band X, & recorded several solo albums. He has directed three platinum-selling videos about The Doors. He performs with Beat poet Michael McClure at nightclubs.
Published November 13, 2001 by Thunder's Mouth Press. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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By the end of a recital that would have put any character except Roy to sleep, the Poet feels capable of returning to America and reuniting with his old band for a farewell tour.

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What follows is Roy and the Poet's heartwarming reunion, and the telling of the Poet's familiar story: he went to India to meet a guru who saved his soul, then married in the Seychelles, had children and retreated into a peaceful, happy family life.

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The fictional singer in the novel is actually Ray Manzarek’s creative imagination telling us what really happened with Jim Morrison, and like of all of us Morrison fans know, there is a secret cache of poetry, artwork and empty whiskey bottles lying somewhere in America or in Iran.

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