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SOCK By: Penn Jillette February 4, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

        Only an irreverent magician could ‘pen’ a murder mystery narrated by a nasty sock monkey named Dickie who was made from the socks of a lumberjack and stuffed with stockings from whores. Dickie is the childhood friend of the Little Fool, a now grown police diver who recovers dead bodies for a living. When the Little Fool’s mother stumbles across Dickie while sorting through boxes, she sends him immediately to her son, and the sock monkey then sits as a witness to the unraveling of a myatery that is very personal to the Little Fool. One of the bodies recovered by the Little Fool is that of  his ex-lover, Nell, the most recent victim of a savage serial killer. He and her best friend, a gay hairdresser, set out to solve the rash of crimes and capture the killer.  There are a lot of 1970s and 1980s pop references sprinkled through the book, and they lodge old songs and ads firmly into the reader’s brain, so be prepared to receive strange looks if you forget yourself and begin to hum these tunes in public. The Lycan Librarian found this 2004 story to be told in a unique voice that has created quite a ‘magical’ book.  And who doesn’t love a great sock monkey story?



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