Synopses & Reviews
In a wildly careening plot that can only be described as crack noir, two pipeheads accidentally steal a photo of George W. Bush's presidential package and decide to blackmail the Republican Party. Before the crack-crazed thieves can follow through, however, gorgeous, whip-smart Nurse Tina, who's just offed her husband with a bowl of Drano-laced Lucky Charms, absconds with the goods. When Manny Rubert, a scarred ex-junkie turned codeine-popping detective, is called in to investigate the "foamer" hubby's untimely demise, love hits him like a wrench to the head.
Soon Manny and Tina are making plans of their own for the presidential pie and for their future together. But the meddling police chiefs and motel room sex-change surgeons of the world just won't leave them alone. And then there are those killer crackheads, still out there and closing in....
"Wanton violence. Crushing drug addiction. Sexual abuse. It's the world according to Stahl, back with a third tale of whacked-out people in a whacked-out world." Publishers Weekly
"Jerry Stahl should either get the Pulitzer Prize or be shot down in the street like a dog." Anthony Bourdain
"Readers who are steel-stomached enough to withstand the gruesome violence as well as Stahl's harrowing depiction of crack addiction will well enjoy this fast-paced comic thriller." Booklist
James Ellroy calls him the American hipster bard. In Plainclothes Naked, the darkly satiric author of Permanent Midnight and Perv: A Love Story turns his twisted wit, imagination, and no-holds-barred approach to the detective novel.
About the Author
Jerry Stahl is the author of Permanent Midnight; I, Fatty; Perv—a Love Story; and Plainclothes Naked. He has written extensively for film and television, and his work has appeared in Esquire, Details, Playboy, and other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.