In Eric Stringer's first novel, Charles Claymore Task, a man who has been labeled a psychopath by hypocrites who see themselves as "normal," is asked by a group of wealthy investors to detail for a film crew what makes people like him tick. At least that was the initial plan. He can speak honestly only to what made him who he is, so he uses the opportunity to offer an autobiography of his first 32 years. From a few months after his birth through his early childhood, the protagonist, Charlie Task, describes the abandonment, disillusionment, and betrayals that created him. Subjected to unimagineable cruelties by his father, he paradoxically learned not to subject others to the same cruelties. Also paradoxically, that subjugation instilled within Charlie a deep, abiding sense of right and wrong and a hatred for anyone who would harm others, especially children. It also irrevocably molded his personality into one that is ideally suited for a public service he calls Blight Removal and a profession as a freelance hit artist. In addition to illustrating how he became who and what he is, Charlie provides examples of Blight Removal and his chosen profession. If you enjoy a fast-paced, heart-racing reading experience combined with an exploration of a skewed human mind, this is the book for you.
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About the Author
Eric Stringer (the borderline psychotic persona of Harvey Stanbrough) is a miserably failed newspaper reporter whose father was obsessed with one soft spot after another and whose mother didn’t love him enough to care that she didn’t love him enough. She swapped him to a camel jocky she met along the border in southern California for a hit off his crack pipe and a swing on his banana hammock. Eric was born in poverty and clawed his way up to debauchery and tearing the wings off young maidens. Once he got out of prison for failing to vote multiple times in an election (he lived in Chicago at the time, and the law’s the law) he began to write stories about all the strange and unusual things he saw. Some of them were actually there. See more of Eric's work at HarveyStanbrough.com.