Waiting for the End of the World

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Open Road Media, Dec 6, 2011 - Fiction - 330 pages
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A photographer descends into New York City’s chaotic and brutal underground in this sweeping story of the Big Apple at its seediest It’s 1982, and Clarence Dmitri Larkin is working as a photographer at Bellevue hospital in Manhattan. The job offers a painfully clear perspective on a city sick with madness, fraught with crime, and coming apart at the seams. Larkin’s curiosity soon leads to a subterranean world of all the city’s secret dangers, including domestic terrorists with a nuclear device, a serial killer inspired by an occult past, and a disfigured arsonist who just might be the one to burn the whole city down. Waiting for the End of the World is a gritty portrait of 1980s New York, and an engrossing look at the battle of good versus evil in a city racked with violence and paranoia.

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Larkin is an alcoholic and minor epileptic. When he is sober enough to work, he delivers flowers and photographs patients at New York’s Bellevue hospital. When he isn’t working, he scours the papers ... Read full review

Waiting for the end of the world

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Bell is the author of one previous novel, The Washington Square Ensemble ( LJ 2/15/83). His new work is an odd compendium of the trendy and the obscure. A terrorist cell that has the bomb, spontaneous ... Read full review


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Bedford Avenue
Larkins Dream
The State of the Earth According to the New York Post
Larkin at Home
Larkin Goes to Bellevue
In the Flower Truck
Larkin Answers the Telephone
Little Russia
The Cell
Riverside Drive
The Arsenal
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Doctor Anton Leveaux
Larkin Gets Cats
Larkin and Sybil
Larkin Visits the Sparrow
Charles Mercer
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Madison Smartt Bell (b. 1957) is a critically acclaimed novelist. Over the last two decades he has produced more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews. His books have been finalists for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award among other honors. Born and raised outside of Nashville, Bell’s fiction is often set in the South, or in New York where he lived as a young writer. Bell and his wife, poet Elizabeth Spires, currently live in Baltimore, Maryland, where they are the codirectors of the writing program at Goucher College.

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