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A powerful debut novel. --Booklist, starred review"The crowded bar had made space an I could hear other people screaming byt no one came near me. It was a smaller circle than the one I had wrestled in but it was a circle and I went to work. I turned him around and pulled him to me, put a half nelson on him, forced his neck down. The circle opened up. There was a free space at the bar and I drove him forward, drove his face into the side of the bar. I moved my hand down his back and between his legs, picked him up and held him there, feeling his weight above my head, feeling the power in my muscles and I threw him to the floor. I wiped my shoe across the blood, lifted my foot and brought it down and brought it down, triumphant, foot on the back of a fallen opponent like a classical statue, like in the pictures my college wrestling coach showed the team at the beginning of each new season. White marble figures graceful in victory." --from Headlock
A powerful debut novel. --Booklist, starred review"The crowded bar had made space an I could hear other people screaming byt no one came near me. It was a smaller circle than the one I had wrestled in but it was a circle and I went to work. I turned him around and pulled him to me, put a half nelson on him, forced his neck down. The circle opened up. There was a free space at the bar and I drove him forward, drove his face into the side of the bar. I moved my hand down his back and between his legs, picked him up and held him there, feeling his weight above my head, feeling the power in my muscles and I threw him to the floor. I wiped my shoe across the blood, lifted my foot and brought it down and brought it down, triumphant, foot on the back of a fallen opponent like a classical statue, like in the pictures my college wrestling coach showed the team at the beginning of each new season. White marble figures graceful in victory." --from Headlock

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Publish date: May 12, 2000
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Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781565127487
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Twin addictions overlap in Berlin's noir, on-the-road debut novel. Odessa Rose, the narrator, has become something of a serial assaulter, attacking men in bars in New York City. When the reader first meets "Dess," he's parking cars in a garage in the Big Apple. He went to college on a wrestling scholarship, but his behavior there was dicey: after losing a wrestling match, he publicly battered his opponent with a chair and was nearly expelled. Dess's father is an academic. His younger brother, Derek, is the one making A's at Harvard while Dess is the family "failure." But then there's his cousin, Gary, a 400-pound gambler. Gary doesn't eat; he binges. Yet Dess's obese relative seems the instrument of his release when Gary asks Dess to accompany him as he drives his Jaguar to Las Vegas. Dess's boss at the parking lot refuses to give him time off, so Dess beats the man, then sets out with Gary on a cross-country tour. Eventually, Gary's motive for requesting Dess's company is revealed: Gary owes $100,000 in gambling debts, and he's going to be popped if he doesn't come up with the cash. When they reach Las Vegas, Dess helps Gary "count cards" at the blackjack table. Things veer out of control when a hit man with blue sunglasses shows up. Although the trajectory of Dess and Gary's plight is a little too predictably Hollywood, Berlin displays a nice, quirky sense of dialogue, and his violent scenes are etched with convincing--if sometimes gruesome--detail. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

2000-04-03, Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly reviewed this
Twin addictions overlap in Berlin's noir, on-the-road debut novel. Odessa Rose, the narrator, has become something of a serial assaulter, attacking men in bars in New York City. When the reader first meets "Dess," he's parking cars in a garage in the Big Apple. He went to college on a wrestling scholarship, but his behavior there was dicey: after losing a wrestling match, he publicly battered his opponent with a chair and was nearly expelled. Dess's father is an academic. His younger brother, Derek, is the one making A's at Harvard while Dess is the family "failure." But then there's his cousin, Gary, a 400-pound gambler. Gary doesn't eat; he binges. Yet Dess's obese relative seems the instrument of his release when Gary asks Dess to accompany him as he drives his Jaguar to Las Vegas. Dess's boss at the parking lot refuses to give him time off, so Dess beats the man, then sets out with Gary on a cross-country tour. Eventually, Gary's motive for requesting Dess's company is revealed: Gary owes $100,000 in gambling debts, and he's going to be popped if he doesn't come up with the cash. When they reach Las Vegas, Dess helps Gary "count cards" at the blackjack table. Things veer out of control when a hit man with blue sunglasses shows up. Although the trajectory of Dess and Gary's plight is a little too predictably Hollywood, Berlin displays a nice, quirky sense of dialogue, and his violent scenes are etched with convincing--if sometimes gruesome--detail. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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