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Hell's Half Acre [Hardcover]

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Searching for answers, ex-cop Phineas Poe tracks Jude, the enigmatic woman from Kiss Me, Judas, to San Francisco and discovers that she is involved with John Ransom Miller, a wealthy sociopath with a mysterious hold over her, as Poe tries to save Jude from herself and make sense of his own past.

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Cast adrift after the blood symphony of Penny Dreadful, Phineas Poe is chasing answers in the form of a woman - a professional killer and amateur field surgeon named Jude. He tracks her to San Francisco, where he finds her tangled in a dangerous endgame with John Ransom Miller, a wealthy sociopath with a very specific bloodlust. Jude, meanwhile, nurses a revenge fantasy against a powerful family that wants her dead, but she can't touch them without Miller's help. In exchange, Miller wants Jude to commit an unspeakable crime. Alone and outgunned, Phineas hopes to save Jude from herself, make sense of his past, and safely navigate a torturous internal landscape he calls Hell's Half Acre.

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Pages   354
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 10, 2004
Publisher   MacAdam/Cage
ISBN  1931561826  
ISBN13  9781931561822  

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More About Will Christopher Baer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Will Christopher Baer was born in Mississippi in 1966. His short stories have been published in numerous places, notably "Nerve and Bomb," and his three Phineas Poe titles were simultaneously re-released in hardcover by MacAdam/Cage in the fall of 2004. He lives in California with his wife and children.

Will Christopher Baer currently resides in Santa Barbara Memphis, in the state of California. Will Christopher Baer was born in 1966.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
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Fantastic read  Aug 9, 2008
I struggled at times with Baer's first novel. It was weird. I like weird, but it seemed to stumble sometimes. This one clicked like the divine. Baer takes his character from the first and throws him basically into a whole new world. The undergrund subculture Baer creates has to be one of the most original things I've read in a long time.

I'd give it 5, but you could tell the the author held back, that he really could have exploded the book into something huge but felt constrained to make it fit into the noir crime fiction genre when it is obvious that it reall transended it.
3rd in trilogy, great book  Oct 28, 2007
All of WCBs books are fantastic, and this is the third. Really loved it.
Poe Takes Us To Hell   Dec 15, 2005
Hell's Half Acre a truly wonderful novel, after what I believe was a bit of a sophmore slump with Penny Dreadful.
But I Hell's Half Acre, Baer seems to once again capture that non-urgent nihlist qualty that our man Phineas possesses. Poe is the ultimate nihlist because instead of preaching about the virtues or sitting around debating the philosophical implications, he simply lives it. Course I guess most Junkies are and do just that. Or in our case a Pseudo-Junkie.
Jude makes her return and we see that maybe, just maybe Jude isn't as tough as she thinks she is. And there is the possibility that she has finally gone over the deep end of sanity and likely isn't coming back, but instead falling deeper and deeper into the abyss of a psychological blackhole.
Hope this helped, probably didn't if you haven't read the 1st 2 novels. Thanks for reading.
A fractal depiction of nothing  May 22, 2005
Kiss Me, Judas was strangely compelling...odd, off-beat, uniquely different. The writing deftly conveyed the main character's dissociation, which helps explain his irrational behavior and pathological acceptance of the psychopaths around him. In Hell's Half Acre, the same approach continues, but it begins to wear thin. Will Phineas ever do anything rational, will he ever do anything interesting, will he ever stop descending into a meaningless, random walk of a pathetic loser in a psychotropic narrative? Unfortunately it appears not.
Phineas Poe returns  Nov 9, 2004
Will Christopher Baer has created his best work yet with Hell's Half Acre. The hallucinatory quality which other reviewers of the book have talked about is indeed a strange and compelling theme that permeates Baer's work. The reader, like main character Phineas Poe, may find themselves wondering what is real and what is just another twisted part of a dream. Baer's quick pace writing makes the book a very fast read, and the twists and turns help to keep things flowing down the increasingly curvy road that Baer has created. The book is so well written that the previous two novels concerning Phineas Poe: Kiss Me, Judas and Penny Dreadful, are not required reading for enjoying Hell's Half Acre. However, I would recommend picking up all three books. I look forward to what Baer has in store for us in the future.

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