High Life

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Akashic Books, 2008 - Fiction - 333 pages
3 Reviews

High Life is perhaps the greatest neglected masterpiece of true noir. I've never read anything like this, nor do I expect to.”—Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

“Stokoe's in-your-face prose and raw, unnerving scenes give way to a skillfully plotted tale that will keep readers glued to the page.”—Publishers Weekly

With a new introduction by Dennis Cooper, High Life shows Matthew Stokoe to be a worthy heir to the great tradition of California noir. High Life is an unholy hybrid of Raymond Chandler's best work and Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho.

Matthew Stokoe was born in England and is currently living in the Southern Hemisphere. His acclaimed first novel, Cows, was published by Creation Books in 1999.

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User Review  - maneekuhi - LibraryThing

Completed 7/1, "High Life" was rated 4.0 Title is very tongue in cheek; this is very noir with lots of grungy, perverted sex that will make anyone cringe - but it is oddly fascinating and I can see ... Read full review

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User Review  - astroantiquity - LibraryThing

I have read COWS through a .PDF copy, and I must say that, although High Life dragged a bit on the first 50 or so pages, it quickly picks up the pace and before you know it, you don't want to finish ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Matthew Stokoe was born in England and grew up in Australia. Since then, he has lived in a number of places in between and presently divides his time between Sydney and Northern California. He is the author of the ground-breaking novels Cows and High Life and is internationally regarded as one of the most daring and innovative writers working today. Dennis Cooper is the author of 'The George Miles Cycle, ' an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer (1989), Frisk (1991), Try (1994), Guide (1997), and Period (2000). The cycle has been translated into fourteen languages. His most recent novel is My Loose Thread (Canongate, 2002). He lives in Los Angeles.

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