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Penn Jillette

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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.

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CHAPTER ONE

Sewn Under a Bad Sign

Bad monkey wammerjammer. Sewn in a crossfire hurricane of nee-dles and pins. An imaginary friend's howlings in the driving rain of the washing machine. Don't you wanna live with me?
Look at my eyes. Look at them. I told you to look at my eyes!

Look at my eyes! These aren't giggly, jokey eyes to make babies giggle. My button eyes are like a shark's eyes. Buttons from a sharkskin suit. My eyes have been fiddled with by a hustler. Nervously tapped by a bad man. My eyes are worn right in the center from the tapping of a diamond pinky ring.

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"[Jillette] writes the way he talks, in a sort of blizzard of smart-alecky, philosophical wit, but adds a pop-song allusion to nearly every paragraph; perhaps the only thing like his style is Stephen King streaming the consciousness of one of his crazed, possessed lowlifes...Sock is socko!"
- Booklist

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Penn Jillette

Penn Jillette has been the larger, louder half of the performing team Penn & Teller since 1975. Penn's articles has appeared in The New York Times, Playboy and other publications. This is his first novel. He lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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Penn Jillette

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312328054
ISBN10: 0312328052
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$17.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
July 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429961318
ISBN10: 1429961317
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$7.99
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