Hells Half Acre [NOOK Book]

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Kidnapping, snuff films, amputee geeks, and a requiem for lost love. . . . Cast adrift after the blood symphony of Penny Dreadful, Phineas Poe is looking for answers in the form of a woman. He tracks Jude to San Francisco, where he finds her involved with John Ransom Miller, a wealthy sociopath with a mysterious hold over her. Jude is nursing her own revenge fantasy, but she needs Miller's help, and in exchange Miller wants Jude to help him with an unspeakable crime. Alone and outgunned, Poe hopes he can save ...
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Overview

Kidnapping, snuff films, amputee geeks, and a requiem for lost love. . . . Cast adrift after the blood symphony of Penny Dreadful, Phineas Poe is looking for answers in the form of a woman. He tracks Jude to San Francisco, where he finds her involved with John Ransom Miller, a wealthy sociopath with a mysterious hold over her. Jude is nursing her own revenge fantasy, but she needs Miller's help, and in exchange Miller wants Jude to help him with an unspeakable crime. Alone and outgunned, Poe hopes he can save Jude from herself, make sense of his own past, and navigate the torturous internal landscape he calls hell's half acre.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Baer's third brutal, impressionistic thriller, junkie ex-cop Phineas Poe is back and reunited with Jude, his freelance assassin lover (they met cute when she stole his kidney in Kiss Me, Judas). Phineas has been searching for Jude for five years, ever since she left him after being tortured and brutally raped by three men. Now he catches up with her in San Francisco, just as she's catching up with the creeps who attacked her. Gruesome revenge is had, but the man behind the rapists, wealthy and charismatic psychopath John Ransom Miller ("a homicidal Zen Buddhist with a degree in criminal law"), persuades them to join forces with him instead of wiping him out. The project he has in mind is a sophisticated snuff film, in which the identity of the victim will be a surprise until the end. Phineas suspects that it will be him, but it might also be Miller's actress girlfriend Molly, Jude or even Miller himself. The movie is shot over the course of a prolonged, nightmarish house party, with Molly, Phineas and Jude doing Miller's bidding much longer than seems plausible. A kidnapping and several twists keep the story moving along, but the muddled, garish plot isn't the point. It's Baer's smooth noirish styling and Phineas's voice-likable against all odds-that will keep readers hooked. Agent, Dan Mandel at SJGA. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An over-the-top Grande Guignol thriller that breaks every rule of fine literature without ever once descending to the lowest denominator. These pages hurt. Phineas Poe has no luck: or, he has luck, it's just all terrible. Previously put through the meat-grinder by Baer (Penny Dreadful, 2000), Poe is a onetime cop whose days of law enforcement are now long over. A broken-down drunk on the ragged fringe of society, he is looking for his ex, Jude, whom he fell in love with after she stole his kidney (in Kiss Me Judas, 1998); they did odd jobs in Mexico together before one of their clients-a sick freak who paid them to hack off his hand and is now a US senator-sends a goon squad to off them. Jude and Poe escape alive, Poe with a concussion and Jude raped: she takes off soon afterward to get revenge. A random alleyway murder in San Francisco puts Poe back in contact with her, and soon the two are taking part in the fantasy of another sick freak (the book is just lousy with them, thankfully) that involves making a snuff film as a complex means of getting revenge on their attackers. Baer gets away with his seemingly ludicrous premise for the simple reason that he writes like an addict continually rediscovering the dark, bloody depths and boozy, coke-jangled heights the language can bring readers to. While his Poe is a perfect neo-noir protagonist-tough but not too bright, with some of the worst karma ever-the real star here is Jude, a sexy black-widow type who was once a trained assassin but is still afraid of spiders and who "[does] everything with the same delirious gum-chewing mania." Baer's sarcasm and occasional (and believable) flashes of humanity keep the depraved goings-on fromdescending to the cold sadism of a Jack Womack or Burroughs. Bruising stuff screeching on the knife-edge of acceptability. Agent: Daniel Mandel/Sanford J. Greenburger Associates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596928664
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,144,961
  • File size: 332 KB

Meet the Author

About the Author: Born in Mississippi in 1966. Old Southern family. Lived in Montreal and Italy as a child. Spent high school years in Memphis, Tennessee. Attended college in New Orleans, Louisiana (Tulane). Dropped out. Finished B.A. at Memphis State. Received MFA 1995 from Jack Kerouac School at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. California since 1996, Bay Area, L.A., now Santa Barbara. Worked as homeless counselor, taxi driver, bartender, video store geek, college professor (Evergreen State, Olympia, Washington), screenwriter, and journalist. Short stories published in numerous places, notably 'Nerve' and 'Bomb'. Married, one child by previous marriage. One brother. Parents still living in North Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2006

    A little disappointed

    I read the previous Phineas Poe books: Kiss me, Judas and Penny Dreadful and this is arguably the weakest of the trilogy. First off the plot concerning the making of a snuff film, which comprises most the book, ultimately leads to nowhere and with no real purpose to it. The antagonist of the book, John Ransom Miller is the dullest of villians and its hard to get a grip on the rest of the characters and their relationships with others. The strength of Baer's previous books , the wrinting, most of the time is completely incoherent and aa little prententious. I think maybe he has gotten too comfortable with his style and it shows in a bad way. Additionally the end of the book dosn't provide a sense of closure to the trilogy and Phineas' and Jude's relationship. If you haven't read any Baer's books yet, start with prveious two and don't read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2004

    Burn Burn Burn

    Hell's Half Acre Personally, when I started my read of the third, I felt that I had a better idea of how to more fully enjoy that particular writing, and that particular story. Reading it while low on sleep and thirsty for drink, I felt more of the edge of the writing. When I read Judas, I don't remember how I read it. When I read Penny, well, same thing. But when I started reading Hell's Half, I had decided it would be better if read later in the day, when my body was in rest-mode. An exhausted mind and body. When I was too tired, I passed out-as opposed to going to bed. I woke on the couch, little dim-yellow arc on the floor under me. Later on, after night-early morning but before sleep-I picked it up and flew through the rest. All in all, eight hours or so and an entire pack of Newports. Mostly reading under a dim back-porch light. With Chuck's books, I enjoy them fast or slow. No matter what, Palahniuk's humor is still there. So are his sense descriptions. I generally don't want to put them down for a while, but it's okay if I do. With Baer's novels, I read like I'm mad and burn, burn, burn. And if I put them down, consequences will be swift and powerful and I have to stay in the mad. The writing is too fantastic to pass up. A knife's edge and brilliant. On each page is blood. Platelets. Bone marrow and bits of skull, and the tight flesh that holds you into place. This must be Baer's honesty. And a beautiful addition to fiction. Kabol

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