Twisting the buddy cop story upside down and inside out, Penn Jillette has created the most distinctive narrator to come along in fiction in many years: a sock monkey called Dickie. The sock monkey belongs to a New York City police diver who discovers the body of an old lover in the murky waters of the Hudson River and sets off with her best friend to find her killer. The story of their quest swerves and veers, takes off into philosophical riffs, occasionally stops to tell a side story, and references a treasure trove of 1970's and 1980's pop culture.
Sock is a surprising, intense, fascinating piece of work.
Jillette (the speaking half of the renowned Penn & Teller magician/comedy team) opts to narrate his eccentric debut thriller from the perspective of the protagonist's sock monkey, Dickie, who constantly refers to his owner a member of the New York City police scuba diving unit as the Little Fool. Little Fool hauls up a woman's corpse one day during a dive; on land, he recognizes her as Nell, a stripper he once dated. She is, it seems, the most recent victim of a serial killer. Little Fool tells Nell's best friend, a rampantly gay hairdresser named Tommy; they form a platonic bond as they search the city for the murderer, whose name is Smitty and who fancies himself a writer. Toward the end of the book, Little Fool himself unexpectedly takes over the narrative duties from Dickie in order to do a fast wrapup. Jillette's voice, as expressed through the persona of a stuffed puppet, is by turn folk philosophical, ranting, rageful, insightful and often annoying. As narrator, the monkey cannot help overshadowing the novel's other characters, and the plot is more perfunctory than inspired. A lot more dialogue and a lot less monkey would have strengthened the book considerably; as it is, it fails to work either as a literary experiment or as a straight thriller.
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Superb read. Jillete twists and contorts the English language and puts forward thought provoking views on religion and faith as a backdrop for a very engaging crime novel. Really, really good stuff. I highly recommend this book.
True, beautiful, sexy, Joycean mystery novel
Groovy, stream of consciousness, heartfelt, sexy, touching, tense, thrilling. Penn Jillette is a gifted writer capable of creating magnificent dimensions, gorgeous scenarios, and brilliantly funny prose. plus hes as smart as an effing whip cracking on your naked butt.
You will want more and more and more.
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One of the best
I could not put it down. Penn has out done himself with this book. The song lyrics, humor, the commentaries, and view points were all woven together ............ Ah, forget all the BS, if you can't handle full freedom of expression and are easily offended by an elegant use of language that surpasses even the great Al Swearengen then you shouldn't, or better yet, deserve to read this book. Anal Rape? You had the stones to title a chapter Anal Rape.........classic!