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July 13, 2010 / schulerbooks

Sick City, by Tony O’Neill

“So these two addicts are sharing a room in a hollywood rehab…”

Jeffrey is a virtual nobody, and, now minus a lover – found him dead in bed, first thing in the morning – is needing to get clean for his own reasons. Randal is a scion of a wealthy Hollywood family, and, now that his father is dead – and with it any guarantees of getting trust money – is having an intervention shoved on him by his exasperated family. And both of them have “chosen” to undergo rehab with Dr. Mike – a television personality whose philosophies are highly questionable, and whose conduct is quite unbecoming.

A quirk of fate puts both men in the same room, but the plan they hatch between them is entirely of their own devising. It seems that Jeffrey’s dead lover, once a high-ranking police detective, was one of the first people on the scene of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murder. One of the items confiscated and never accounted for was a homemade sex movie starring Sharon Tate, and many of her now-dead, famous friends.

A movie that could be worth millions to the right buyer…

So the two addicts concoct a scheme to sell this piece of underground American history, but that’s easier said than done. They need to find a buyer, Randal needs to convince his family he’s keeping his nose clean, and Jeffrey needs to dodge a psycho friend of his dead lovers’ who’s tracking him down for his own, sinister reasons…

Can these two addicts get clean, get out, and make the ultimate score? Or are they doomed to wind up two more pieces of human refuse in Hollywood? The answer will keep you glued to this masterful work of trash fiction, which manages to be funny, sad, harrowing, and amazingly human at the same time.

If you like Warren Ellis’ “Crooked Little Vein,” and eagerly await the next Chuck Palahniuk, you should visit Sick City as soon as possible. You might not like what you see there, but you’ll be glad you made the trip.

Sick City is out now, and available at most Schuler Books locations.

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