The Caveman's Valentine

The Caveman's Valentine

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  • Book | 200 pages
  • ISIS Publishing
  • ISIS Large Print Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0753151146
  • 9780753151143

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In a variation on The Fisher King, poet and storywriter Green debuts with a saga of homelessness and savagery in New York: a first novel about a troubled, cave-dwelling musical genius who matches wits with a ruthless, sadistic killer. Caveman Romulus Ledbetter lives in Inwood Park, where he rages against dreaded Y-rays emanating from the Chrysler Building and directed by his imaginary nemesis Stuyvesant, whom he holds directly responsible for all the world's woes. Juilliard-trained Rom has left wife, daughter, and a brilliant musical career behind, but one wintry night a corpse is dropped at the mouth of his cave; accepting the body as a challenge, he leaves his refuge in order to bring the killer to justice. A tale of videotaped torture sessions in which the dead man, a model, was the victim convinces him that acclaimed photographer David Leppenraub is the murderer, and he cleans up his act to visit Leppenraub's farm upstate, where he is accepted until he loses control at a party and is tossed out. After being hunted and shot at, Rom finds comfort in the arms of Leppenraub's sister - and gathers clues that take him back to the city and to North Carolina in search of the videomaker. He locates the tape but surrenders it to its owner; then, on finding that a friend was beaten nearly to death for what he knew, Rom sets himself up for a confrontation - almost getting himself killed in the process. His unraveling the mystery of a heart-shaped tattoo ultimately solves the murder and snares the killer, making him an overnight sensation. A tad convoluted and far-fetched, but otherwise an engaging and action-packed debut - with the quirkiness and contradictions of New York life arrayed in all their glory. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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