Good Girl Wants It Bad

Good Girl Wants It Bad

by Scott Bradfield
     
 
Over the years, Scott Bradfield has been recognized by his peers in the literary world as a star. Now, with Good Girl Wants It Bad, the best-kept secret in contemporary fiction is poised to reach his widest audience yet. Weirdly endearing Delilah Riordan (known to those who love and loathe her simply as Lah) has been charged with numerous counts of murder and torture

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Over the years, Scott Bradfield has been recognized by his peers in the literary world as a star. Now, with Good Girl Wants It Bad, the best-kept secret in contemporary fiction is poised to reach his widest audience yet. Weirdly endearing Delilah Riordan (known to those who love and loathe her simply as Lah) has been charged with numerous counts of murder and torture by the states of Connecticut, California, New York, Idaho, and Texas, not to mention several European countries she'd rather not go into right now. Currently residing at the West Texas Women's Penitentiary, Lah is doing everything she can to prove herself the innocent and good woman she knows herself to be. She dutifully attends Rehab Chat with Dr. Reginald and Confrontational Analysis with Dr. Alexander. In her spare time she keeps a diary and replies to correspondence from her expanding legion of admirers while pining for her long-lost daughter and awaiting salvation—however bloody—at the hands of her beautiful (and perhaps imaginary) boyfriend, Manuel. With scathing wit and mordant humor, this wickedly funny novel is a fast-paced tale of how far self-help can take you on Death Row. Good Girl Wants It Bad is good disturbing fun.

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What if Aileen Wuornos had been extremely attractive? Bradfield (Animal Planet, 1995, etc.) takes male society's sick fascination with serial killers and spins into it a whole extra thread of sexual tension and provocation that makes for a queasily entertaining experience. Delilah Riordan-"Lah" to her buddies, "The Black Widow" to the press-is the only 19-year-old nymphomaniac on Death Row in the West Texas Women's Penitentiary. That means she gets some special treatment, especially from the warden and her social worker, both of whom seem to be carrying a torch for her. Convicted of a string of brutal murders in a number of states, Delilah is now writing her "confessions," a diary that claims to disclose all that she has actually done, as opposed to the lying tales about her in the media. It's pretty obvious from the start that Delilah is a less-than-truthful storyteller, which definitely makes for a more amusing narrative: "First off, I have not killed that many people, maybe two, though there have been several accidents involving men I knew." As befits the output of a psychopathic teenager, her narrative jumps all over the place, flitting among reminiscences of childhood, justifications for why she did what she was convicted for, and tantalizing suggestions of other, as-yet-undiscovered crimes; it all acts as a gigantic tease for the great revelation that seems sure to be unveiled at the close. Delilah's fanciful musings, in which she also tries to start writing a novel and proclaims many times her love for W. Somerset Maugham, are counterpointed by transcripts of interviews between her and various authority figures, most of them feeling a fatal attraction toward her. Bradfield's storyhas an undeniable edge, and his aim is true when aiming at the sexual vortex of media worship, but that's not enough to make this an entirely successful exercise. At times it seems like an unnecessary throwback to the serial-killer-obsessed 1990s. A tabloid stew of unreliable narration and stabbing satire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786713387
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
0.59(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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