Kiss Me, Judas

Kiss Me, Judas

by Will Christopher Baer

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ISBN-13: 9780140289015
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 501,858
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Will Christopher Baer was born in 1966 in Mississippi and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He has won fiction prizes from Story Magazine and has published work in Bomb and Nerve. He lives in California.

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Madison Smartt Bell

"Kiss Me Judas is ingeniously plotted, a perfect noir novel, right up there with Chandler's The Big Sleep." -- Author of All Souls' Rising

Poppy Z. Brite

"A deconstruction of an urban legend, a dark unraveling of mystery within mystery Kiss Me, Judas is a fine and dangerous work." -- Author of Exquisite Corpose

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Kiss Me, Judas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of course, to get to Penny Dreadful and Hell's Half acre, you must read Kiss Me, Judas first. The other books are better, but this one is enjoyable: a great noir trip with characters you learn to love and a plot constantly twisting and turning. The kind of reading that leaves you clamoring for the next event; although Phineas can sometimes be a bit of a pain. Overall, a well-written book that begins a beautiful trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The strength of this book is definitely in the language. Baer's writing is truely unique (although its somewhat similar to Palahniuk and Clevenger) and really gets into the characters head and well as yours. The language really brings out the unqiue characters in the book and their voices. What I liked about the story and the characters, especially jude, is the way the author gives them a sexy and dangerous slant, you always feel that the characters are dangling over some edge of a cliff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A little bit of Vachss, a little bit of Chandler, quite a bit of Baer, this is strong noir. This was a little difficult to read quickly; Baer allots much credit to his readers and this makes for a very conscious read. His is an almost dizzying writing style, but it is done well and HAS A VERY POWERFUL EFFECT. Baer is certainly a great writer. And this story is a great modern romance. Kabol
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baer deconstructs an urban myth and rebuilds the world of neo-noir with this twisted love story about Phineas and Jude. Jude steals Phineas's kidney and he wants it back so he tracks her down.
That was enough to get me to pick up the book. The dark world and sinister humor that Baer invokes kept me hooked through the rest of the story as he tries to discover who he is. How can you resist great lines like:

I'm cold, religiously cold.
or
My wife used to say I was a terrible liar, that it was the only time I smiled. But she was wrong; I smiled when I was telling the truth.
or
My ex-girlfriend is armed and dangerous, and I have an erection.

The dark world combined with the wit makes for a great read and someday an even better movie. The style is short and choppy to mimick the drugged stupor Phineas is in and you really want to know what's going on so you read so much more. And when you finish the novel you'll be satisfied for a few days, but then you'll feel a tug from Phineas and you'll pick up the next book in the trilogy Penny Dreadful. Then you will feel the tug again and you'll pick up Hell's Half Acre.

He'll make you laugh, make you cry, and then steal your kidney.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this book through the B&N New Writers section and I have recommended it to all of my friends since. The premise of the story first piqued my interest as an urban myth but there is more to this story than the physical journey. The mental journey of the main character keeps you guessing whether he will take the high or low road. THAT is the crux of the book. Suspensful and dark, if you like stories that take you to a parallel universe, this is it.
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I couldn't put this book down - it moves quickly through the shady territory of organ thieves, prostitutes, bad cops and the tragic wealthy. The main character, Phineas Poe, is an unreliable narrator, alternating between suicidal attraction, drugs, and madness. When the feverish race ends, you can only say 'MORE!'.
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PalaceGM More than 1 year ago
Written almost completely in spoken narrative, the pace is fast and efficient. The plot and the characters inhabiting it are imaginatively derived. The conversation between them pops with an energy most writers of the genre fail to capture. This is the first Baer I've read, but I'll read more.
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Kiki-Travels More than 1 year ago
A hypnotic fever dream of a novel that feels like a long tumble down the rabbit hole. Similar in tone, mood and imagery to a David Lynch film with some Chuck Palahniuk grittiness thrown in. Classic femme fatale! Should appeal to hardcore noir fans only.
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