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About Someone

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Author: Frank Burton
Published: 2009
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,816 / 48 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,282
Added to site: 2010.01.30
mnybks.net#: 26494
License: ©

Barry has been murdered. Who killed him? Who cares? Barry's housemates -- a gathering of neurotics, narcissists and social outcasts -- are all potential suspects. How much do these people know about each other, and how much do they know about themselves? About Someone is a darkly comic experimental crime novella, featuring eight narrators and numerous digressions on horse riding, the anatomy of insects and the history of cheese.

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-- truly awful, 70's tack. Glittery blue with silver swooshes. It's not even ironic.

I had about half a wall done when Samantha came back. Out of everyone, she was the person I didn't want to break the news to. Not because of Barry but because of Razor. Their whole "special relationship" thing.

So, as soon as I tell her Barry's dead and Razor's been arrested for his murder, she slips into some kind of denial. That's all I can call it -- she's the psychologist, not me -- it was like she refused to take it on board and started having a go at me for not doing the paint job properly. She said you're supposed to strip the wallpaper off first, anyone knows that, and I should've put some sheets down because I was getting flecks of paint on the furniture and on the carpet. I didn't admit this at the time, but I was doing it intentionally -- I wanted a faint Jackson Pollock vibe about the place. I knew she was upset about Barry and Razor, so I said I was sorry, but she just kept on at me, saying how stu

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2010.02.09
The Booklifter
*****

This is a postmodern classic - a real book-lover's book.

I didn't always understand what was going on, but that's part of the fun :)


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