Under Radar by Michael TOLKIN

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Michael Tolkin has garnered acclaim for his classic dark comedies The Player and Among the Dead. His most ambitious novel yet, Under Radar is a tale of guilt and redemption. While vacationing in Jamaica, Tom Levy witnesses a man goading his four-year-old daughter into an act so vulgar that Tom vows he must pay for it with his life. The next day, when they come to grips atop the Dunn's River Falls, Tom kills the man in cold blood. Condemned to prison, Tom faces a world unlike any he has ever known, among the most brutal and hardened men of Jamaica. Does an elusive story hold the key to their salvation, and Tom's own? And once Tom has told it, can he find a way to reenter the hearts of those he has left behind? Under Radar is insightful and haunting, gripplingly wrought with layers of power and meaning.

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Michael Tolkin is the author of The Player, Among the Dead, and Under Radar. He wrote the screenplay for the classic film The Player, directed by Robert Altman, and he wrote and directed The Rapture and The New Age.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 228 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Then the stranger arrives in the person of Debra Seckler, who he’s convinced “was everything he had ever needed from a stranger.” Instead of initiating an affair with her, however, Tom takes an instant dislike to her husband Barry, especially after he encourages little Alma to dance in a way Tom ...

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Since his earlier felonies, Tom has been obsessed with going to prison, and he buys himself a life sentence by pushing Tom off a waterfall, in full view of everyone.

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Just as Tom's life is clearly divided in two by his prison stay, Under Radar reads like two novellas smashed together: the first a chilling and misanthropic meditation on evil, the second an obscure brush with the spiritual.

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