Serial killer Frank Haid, dubbed the Painkiller by Chicago police and media, murders 18 people - all paralytics. Commanded by an unseen presence that he calls ''Father'' and that speaks in the voice of an uncle whose rotting corpse he keeps in the living room, Haid destroys his victims (what's left of them) and evidence in a way that puzzles police. Hardest hit are residents of Marclinn, a home for the handicapped, where survivors decide they must track down the madman themselves. Their efforts bring them into contact with Chicago's weird underworld - including junkie/murderers and a deformed prostitute whose head grows out her chest - and their own true selves. Crippled physically and emotionally, Marclinn inhabitants must overcome their limitations before taking on their nemesis. Their unlikely front man is Evan Shustak, who is the novel's centerpiece. Further into the novel, he dons his superhero outfit - wrist braces, a "utility belt" from which hang bags of vitamins and aspirin, and a plaid heating pad for a cape then announces: "Crippled and insane, I am the American Dream!"
©1992 Wayne Allen Sallee (P)2010 David N. Wilson
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3 out of 5 stars
By Reg on 30-08-16

Writing was Good...

...But I didn't get it. The writing was excellent and the narration even better. It kept me interested, I wanted to know how it ended. But it didn't go anywhere, there was no conclusion. I was intrigued by the characters and wanted to know more about them. These people who live with pain and deformities and mutilations as part of their daily life. I am eternally grateful to have been allowed into their lives and to see things from their point of view and understand a bit of the pain they endure, both mental and physical. In the end, though, there was no progression. The killer was twisted, there is no doubt about that. The reasoning behind the murders is not clear, though, and there is no real explanation as to how he does what he does. There is no end to the madness and the few survivors seem to simply go on...or sink deeper into their real or perceived maladies.

Jeffrey Kafer's narration was spot on. He had the right tone, cadence, and even though he didn't try for the female voices there was never any mistaking who was speaking. I enjoyed listening to him tell the story.

I received this audiobook for free from Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tiffany on 01-06-16

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I really enjoyed this book. I like the fact that the book was not changed to be politically correct.The narrator did an excellent job. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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