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Overview

Meet Quentin P.

He is a problem for his professor father and his loving mother, though of course they do not believe the charge (sexual molestation of a minor) that got him in that bit of trouble.

He is a challenge for his court-appointed psychiatrist, who nonetheless is encouraged by the increasingly affirmative quality of his dreams and his openness in discussing them.

He is a thoroughly sweet young man for his wealthy grandmother, who gives him more and more, and can deny him less and less.

He is the most believable and thoroughly terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever to be brought to life in fiction, as Joyce Carol Oates achieves her boldest and most brilliant triumph yet—a dazzling work of art that extends the borders of the novel into the darkest heart of truth.

This unflinching, unforgettable fictional exploration into the life and mind of a paroled sex offender provides a psychologically astute portrait of the way cold calculation and dark obsession combine to make a serial killer both horrifyingly successful and maddeningly elusive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Periodically, Oates seems compelled to write grim novels that explore humanity's darkest corners. Coming on the heels of last year's excellent What I Lived For, this depressing narrative carries macabre imagination to the extreme. It depicts the career of Quentin P., a convicted young sex offender on probation who has turned to serial killing without being caught, despite the worried scrutiny of his family and of his psychiatrist. Convincingly presented as Quentin's diary of his pursuit of the perfect ``zombie'' a handsome young man to be rendered compliant and devoted through Quentin's lobotomizing him with an ice pick, the narrative incorporates crude drawings and typographic play to evoke the hermetic imagination of a psychopath; the reader examines the killer's sketches of weapons and staring eyes, and hears him say, ``I lost it & screamed at him & shook him BUT I DID NOT HURT HIM I SWEAR.'' For all its apparent authenticity, however, this novel ventures into territory that has been explored more powerfully by, among others, Dennis Cooper Frisk, whose chilly minimalism underscores the brutality of such crimes in a way that Oates's more calculatedly histrionic approach does not. This slim, sadistic reverie may be chilling, but it comes off as less a fully realized work than as an exercise from a writer at morbid play. Oct.
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Quentin P. is 31 years old, single, and the son of a well-respected college professor. He has his own apartment in the university town where he lives and attends classes at a local technical college. He is also a convicted sex offender now out on parole and a serial killer. In Oates's riveting new novel the reader is cunningly drawn inside Quentin's mind as he carefully plans and carries out a gruesome murder. With a deceptively simple prose style, Oates forces us to feel the calculating rationality behind Quentin's madness. What gives this novel its awesome power is Oates's ability to convice us that Quentin might be anyone: a casual acquaintance, a friend, or a brother. Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, this should both win the prolific Oates new fans and satisfy her longtime readers. Highly recommended for public libraries of all sizes. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/95.]-Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle
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Meet Quentin P., the most believably terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever brought to life in fiction. The author deftly puts you inside the mind of a serial killer--succeeding not in writing about madness, but in writing with the logic of madness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452275003
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including We Were the Mulvaneys; Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award; and the New York Times bestseller The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Rosamond Smith
    2. Hometown:
      Princeton, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 16, 1938
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lockport, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    There is absolutely no redeeming factors to this book. It is sic

    There is absolutely no redeeming factors to this book. It is sick, twisted and shocking at times which is obviously the desired effect, but the writing style is difficult to get used to and there is no climax or conclusion to the story. It's essentially 176 pages of rambling lunacy. This is the biggest waste of money I've spent on a book in a very long time.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Horrifying!!

    Joyce Carol Oates' Zombie terrified, shocked, and greatly angered me. I found myself cursing at and spitting venom at the fictional Q_P_. Not for the faint of heart!! Bravo, Mrs. Oates!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Too creepy for me.

    I don't believe I will be recommending this to anyone. I found the plot line and characters disturbing. I can't imagine what prompted Joyce Carol Oates to write something like this. I could not have spent the amount of time need to write a book with this character and these events.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    The book that started the love affair...

    Sick, gruesome and alarming. JCO is an unforgetable writer. This book is freaky.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Sickos

    This book is so sick and twisted that it is brilliant! This story is especially scary because the anti-hero could actually be the dude down the street. Seriously twisted.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    I had such hopes.

    I have a system. I read reviews and really think about it before buying a book. Then I put it on my wishlist if I want it but can't buy it yet, a fairly solid system. Once in a while, however, something in the system goes wrong and I grab a book by accident that I previously decided not to get. Once in a while it turns out to be a great find. This wasn't one of those times. The punctuation, well, more a lack of, ruined it for me. I found it difficult to follow at times and tedious and dull at others. I feel that the summary is misleading and the book just sucks. If you insist though, it's about 170 pages long with sex, drugs, violence and profanity. I know what you're thinking. "How could it suck with all that in it?" I dunno how but it does. It really does.~~Seahag

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Be prepared for this

    One of the few books that made me physically sick, that being said a grimly fascinating novel I found impossible to put down even when I wanted too. Read it but I warned you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Creepy!

    JCO created an extra-creepy serial killer in Zombie! A drugged Zombie himself, he is trying to create his own persoanl.Zombie who will love him at will. Terrific, fast read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    LOVE ZOMBIES

    THIS BOOK RULES I LOVE THIS TYPE OF STUFF:)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    Suggest keep no reviews but five at a time losing the first as a new review cones in

    This keeps reviews up to date and clears space as in search lists. i would also reduce characters to 100 and to 250 or one paragraph. This would keep reviews to the basics and leave long descriptives to the blurbs. Also print no personal name as first word in a review as now

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Fun read

    Good book with well zombies

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Great book

    Nice

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Astro

    Welcome to my minecraft role play! Rules: Bios at result two. Claiming is required (i claim result three). Pvp allowed at all times. All mods installed here. You can be a mob or survivor. Have fun!

    1 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2015

    So there are no Zombies. The Zombie in question is the one the n

    So there are no Zombies. The Zombie in question is the one the narrator seeks to create. He's a demented child sexual predator who fools his mom, dad, sister, grandma, and parole officer into thinking he's rehabbing. Meanwhile, he's seeking to perfect creating his perfect Zombie who will abide by his every wish. Like the main character in The Human Centipede II - QP is an amateur seeking to perform medical procedures far beyond his expertise in order to achieve his intended result. He performs lobotomies on young men and boys in his quest to create the perfect Zombie. He is unsuccessful every time but comes closer and closer to his intended result. The book is hard to read if you have an aversion to the horrific - as most do. It's crude, difficult, and horrific. Not for the weak of stomach or mind. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2014

    Waste of time. Not a good read at all. Don't get me wrong, I lik

    Waste of time. Not a good read at all. Don't get me wrong, I like a good sick and twisted book just like the rest, but this one is totally obscure. I will not be recommending this one to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    To not for chats and firts name

    A few times i have agreed with you.i am not a huge rper or any thing but i a. Speaking on the behalf of those who are.fosome people its there life. A different world.a new economy.a new them. Andd i know how it fells to want to be a different person. And those who want eviewgo to editorial or try to find a review.and maybe if you try the posts you will find it is fun.you can put up a strike for these rrviews on nook. You do npt knoe the ppower it is to have your own book where people look up to you
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2014

    Not forchats

    B&N..when are you going to do something the kitty cat chat garbage in reviews? Those of us that are GOOD customers are sick & tired of the filth and rest of it from the childish babies using review section for their chats. If it doesn't stop I for one will dump B&N and get a Kindle @ Amazon. You CAN fix this for serious readers or will lose $$$ and customers. Do something!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    S

    He calmly walks out of the woods, a quarter staff in my left hand and a trident strapped to my back.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    A tall strange

    Walks in a tatered trench coat billowing behind him showing his rock hard abs and bite marks all over his body a smauria sword sits on his back on either side of his hipd is two pistols hhis black boots crunch the gravel beneat him and his tattered cowboy hat covers his face in shadows

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Waste of time...

    Wow. There is a certain element that compels you to continue reading, you sort of want to understand what is going through this psychopath's head when he does the things he does but there is no good to balance the evil, no justice, no climax, no ending. You're just in disbelief trying to understand this guy and then the book just ends. This could have been a good thriller, had there been the cop on his tail, the shrink on to him, the suspicious sister, etc. but instead you only get his diary. Very twisted, indeed.

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