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      A Cure for Suicide

      Jesse Ball 9781101870129

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ISBN13: 9781135737771
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Marilyn Stachenfeld, July 8, 2008 (view all comments by Marilyn Stachenfeld)
This is a powerful story about a policewoman who is pursuing the case of a suicide of a woman she has known since girlhood. Although the former chief detective, who saved the investigator's life, would like to think his daughter was murdered -- anything, he says, rather than that she committed suicide with three bullets to her brain -- this is clearly a case of self-murder. Therefore, the mystery becomes why, not how or who. The disturbing answer to the why of the act leads to enormous changes in the life of the investigator.
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Marilyn Stachenfeld, July 2, 2008 (view all comments by Marilyn Stachenfeld)
This was a marvelous read! Amis takes the situation of an unexpected suicide to explore whether there are any happy pairings, any couples where both people really know each other. He uses an anonymous American city for setting, which to me made no difference in interest or meaning, and didn't provide any extra stimulus for understanding the characters; but perhaps it helped him in his concept of why people commit suicide. His building of clues, evidence, and reasons pertaining to the two major characters, the narrator and the woman who kills herself, was surprisingly satisfying with a sharp twist at the end.
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Marilyn Stachenfeld, July 2, 2008 (view all comments by Marilyn Stachenfeld)
This is a brilliant book using Amis's particular talent of making events in a story add up to more than they seem to in order to reflect the meaning--or lack of it--in the narrator's life. A beautiful dead girl is found, an apparent suicide, and "police" Mike Houlihan, a forty-four year-old bleach blonde, is called upon to make sense of it. Make sense of it she does, in a reversal as dark as any in Amis's novels. A thoroughly satisfying read, way beyond the depth of most genre fiction.
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