Saturday, September 05, 2009
Despite the cover and title, I'm buying this book
The reason I'm forking over cold hard cash is the copy in the catalog:
In the spring of 2007, a brilliant computer programmer named Hans Reiser stands accused of murdering his estranged wife, Nina. Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him, he proclaims his innocence. The case takes a twist when Nina's former lover, and Hans's former best friend, Sean Sturgeon, confesses to eight unrelated murders that no one has ever heard of.
At the time of Sturgeon's confession, Stephen Elliott is paralyzed by writer's block, in the thrall of Adderall dependency, and despondent over the state of his romantic life. But he is fascinated by Sturgeon, whose path he has often crossed in San Francisco's S&M scene. What kind of person, he wonders, confesses to a murder he likely did not commit. One answer is, perhaps, a man like Elliott's own father.
So begins a riveting sojourn through a neon landscape of false confessions, self-medication and torturous sex. Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, the declining year of the Silicon Valley tech boom, THE ADDERALL DIARIES is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self."
And a blurb from Roddy Doyle clinched the sale: "You don't just read THE ADDERALL DIARIES, you fall right into them...It's a brilliant book."
I'm perplexed by the choice of cover and title for this book but that's a topic for another day!