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The Killing of Butterfly Joe
'A wonderful entertainment' The Times
'Larger-than-life fun' Daily Mail
'I killed Joe once, in a manner of speaking. But not twice. Not in the way you mean.'
Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he is infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Now Llew is in jail, his friend is gone, and he has to give his side of the story if he's ever going to get free . . .
Part existential road trip, part neo-gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe by Rhidian Brook is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you'll never forget. An epic story of friendship, desire, and participating in the Great American Dream - `the one that leads from rags to riches via pitches' - whatever the consequences.
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With humour, tragedy and suspense, bringing, at the same time, the feelings of freedom sought by the adventurous; I cannot praise The Killing of Butterfly Joe highly enough -- Bill Spence * Gazette & Herald * A riot of erudition, both faux and real . . . a triumph -- Richard Hopton * Country & Townhouse Magazine * A love letter to an extraordinary character - one who will stay with you long after you finish the book. -- Jenny White * Western Mail * Wildly original -- Jenny White * Western Mail * Part neo-gothic thriller, part existential road trip, part mortality tale...this book is quirky, witty and impossible to put down -- Jenny White * Western Mail * The Killing of Butterfly Joe is one of the most original books you will read this year. -- Jenny White * Western Mail * A mixture of thriller and great family saga, told in a rich literary style. Like having all the cakes and eating them. If I condensed my thoughts into one word in would be "epic". -- Joy Kluver, Literary Blogger The Killing of Butterfly Joe is such a compelling, unusual, character-rich novel; a great pleasure to read. -- Gerard Woodward, author of <i>I'll Go to Bed at Noon</i> A boldly unique book with an adventure story at its core . . . the biggest joy of this novel is in the brilliantly teased out sense of dread that starts the moment you pick up the book and read the title . . . a beautiful story, and beautifully told too . . . This novel is an adventure in every sense of the word * culturefly.com * A wild-eyed road trip across America, filled with colourful characters, crazy anecdotes, sparky dialogue . . . Brook's writing remains as considered and enchanting as ever. And it's funny too, which is always a wonderful thing * Big Issue * An exuberant, coming-of-age romp . . . a bittersweet comedy of sentimental education . . . larger-than-life fun * Daily Mail * A wonderful entertainment . . . a thoroughly readable and appealingly eccentric book * The Times *