• The Contortionist's Handbook

  • A Novel
  • By: Craig Clevenger
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-12-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (23 ratings)

Summary

John Dolan Vincent was born with an extra ring finger on one hand. He was an abnormally gifted child with a proclivity for mathematics beyond his years, but he lacked social skills. Childhood ridicule and a difficult family life led him to use his talents in adulthood for criminal acts of forgery. When he starts getting untreatable migraines, his self-medication results in overdosing which sends him repeatedly to the emergency room. There, he risks being institutionalized as suicidal, so he draws upon his forgery skills to reinvent a new identity for himself each time. Identity theft, drugs, and crime drag his life into a downward spiral. His clients in the L.A. underworld lose patience, the hospital evaluator might not be fooled by his story, and the only person in as much danger as himself is the woman who knows his real name.
©2009 Craig Clevenger (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic reviews

Clevenger has produced an utterly persuasive and compelling novel, combining the zest and enthusiasm of a new voice with the craft and the guile of a veteran. The movie is in production with Das Films for release in 2011.
"Clevenger cleverly creates a modern-day Mr. Ripley." - ( Booklist)
"[A] remarkable debut." ( Time Out New York)
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4 out of 5 stars
By SteveLW on 25-02-10

Great until the end

Loved the book but the ending seemed abrupt. It wasn't a bad ending, it just wasn't a good or timely one. Still worth it despite the disappointment - well researched and written.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Elliott on 06-08-15

Excellent narration!

The book was good, but the narration was excellent! A fantastic performance by Ray Porter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jarrod on 06-01-12

Excellent but short

There are book you finish reading and say "that was really good" and there are books you finish and say "that was really good...I have to tell people." This book is the latter.

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