Diablerie: A Novel

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2008 - Fiction - 180 pages
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In this icy noir from a master of American fiction, the darkest secrets are the ones we keep hidden from ourselves.

Ben Dibbuk has a good job, an accomplished wife, a bright college-age daughter, and a patient young mistress. Even as he goes through the motions of everyday life, however, inside he feels nothing. The explanation for this emotional void lies in the years he spent as a blacked-out drunk before pulling his life together—years in which he knows he committed acts he doesn't remember. Then a woman from his past turns up at a gala for his wife's new gig at a magazine called Diablerie and makes it clear that she remembers something he doesn't. Their encounter sets wheels in motion that will propel Dibbuk toward new knowledge, and perhaps the chance to feel again. With the same erotic force as Killing Johnny Fry, but grounded in a far darker vision of human nature, Diablerie is a transfixing new novel from one of our most powerful writers.

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User Review  - imagiphantaria - LibraryThing

Meh. I read the blurb, and it sounded so good. Right off the bat, I hated the main character. I could not identify with him, and he seemed so frigid and an all around jerk. But I pressed forward ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

Ben Dibbuk is a middle aged computer programer with a wife, daughter and mistress. He also has an alcoholic past which comes back to haunt him when an woman he meets claims to know him and accuses him ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Walter Mosley is one of the most versatile and admired writers in America today. He is the author of more than twenty-eight critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times magazine and the Nation, among other publications. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and the PEN American Center's Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.

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