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The Contortionist's Handbook [Hardcover]

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Item description for The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger...

John Dolan Vincent, a forger who suffers from migraine headaches and mental illness, invents a new identity for himself in order to be released from a mental hospital and build a new life.

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The Contortionist's Handbook is the story of John Dolan Vincent, a talented young forger with a proclivity for mathematics and drug addiction. A misguided attempt at self-medicating his severe migraines lands him in a mental hospital awaiting a psychiatric evaluation - not his first time being on the brink of involuntary commitment. He knows that to be examined twice is to ensure being institutionalized as a suicide risk. So, following each trip to the hospital, he draws upon his skills as a "contortionist" - an inventor of new identities - and makes a new "life" for himself.
This time, however, the stakes are even higher. John and his girlfriend Keara are in danger from underworld thugs unhappy with being cut off from a source of phony documents and his fictional identity is on the verge of falling apart. John must face the formidable psychiatrist eye to eye and bluff his way out of certain doom. In John Dolan Vincent's world, the truth won't set you free - it will lock you up or get you killed.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  193156115X  
ISBN13  9781931561150  

Availability  0 units.

More About Craig Clevenger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig Clevenger was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where he studied English at California State University, Long Beach. He has traveled extensively and lived in Dublin and London. Disillusioned, he resigned from the high-tech industry to pursue a writing career. He currently resides in Santa Barbara, California, where he is at work on his second novel.

Craig Clevenger currently resides in San Francisco. Craig Clevenger was born in 1964.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Literary
3Books > Subjects > Mystery & Thrillers > Thrillers > Psychological & Suspense

Reviews - What do customers think about The Contortionist's Handbook?

Amazing novel  Jul 24, 2008
This book was on Chuck Palahniuk's recommendation list so i had to check it out. I recommend this novel - highly. It is a fast read and the story is so creative and interesting. Please buy this book.
A solid read  May 22, 2008
Craig Clevenger's "The Contortionist's Handbook" provides a solid "in between" read. It's the kind of book you can easily finish in a few sittings while deciding what novel you want to really immerse yourself in next. The characters and plot develop well throughout and the language used is excellent. It's lack of depth is what keeps it at the level of a fun read for me and will keep it from being an all time great, though the author himself shows great promise. I do recommend this book, though. Well worth the price.
Must read!  May 18, 2008
It was a little shorter than I would like, but then it you won't be wasing anytime if its not for you. Clevenger's writing style is very much like Chuck Palanuik's. He enthralls you from the first page. I loved his characters and running banter. A truly original piece of work
Pretty good. A little Chuck Pahalahoonicky for me.   Apr 23, 2008
This book is pretty good, but Cleavenger's writing style is a little too similar to Chuck P's. I should have known, based on the Chuck quote right on the cover, but whatever. It was still a good read.
Great book...  Mar 28, 2008
I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book. Clevenger uses a very interesting and refreshing premise for this book. John Vincent (main character) is someone who makes the reader thankful that they are not in his position, but still makes the reader sympathetic for what Vincent has gone through in his life. Craig Clevenger shows serious talent for writing and I am looking forward to reading other novels of his. Overall, "A" grade for this selection.

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