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The Good and the Ghastly

A novel by


"The Good and the Ghastly is the hallucinogenic fever dream of contemporary satire. Alternately brutal and lyrical, it field-dresses everyday being with poetic violence. A decidedly necessary addition to post-millennial literature."
Darin Bradley

"James Boice's tale of the fearsome future -and the life of a sadistic striver named Junior Alvarez -is harrowing, heinous, and brilliantly imagined. Boice writes with jagged energy and a rollicking dark wit. From the opening lines, his story pulls like a train."
Lew McCreary

"Boice’s book is like a literary Magic 8-Ball. Ask it questions, shake it up, and watch the novel’s playful, hilarious, and terrifying hallucination of our future. From one smuck-up to another, you’ll be hooked by the beautiful beating heart propelling this romp’s incredible energy."
Joshua Mohr

"Finding James Boice has been a revelation for me. His hard-bitten prose flies off the page at you like the cracking of a machine gun, and he infuses this violent, gritty and fast-paced novel with enough subtle satire and unexpected weirdness to keep you riveted right until you flip the final page."
Tony O'Neill

"Bloody and bloody funny, James Boice’s at once coolly objective and deeply human writing does the dystopian novel like no other. The Good and the Ghastly reads like Cormac McCarthy executing a Kurt Vonnegut premise through a Joan Didion filter. An original, in other words."
Andrew Pyper

From a young author who has been compared to Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Pahlaniuk, comes a gangster noir epic set a thousand years into the future.

It's the thirty-fourth century and the nuclear apocalypse has come and gone. Civilization has rebuilt itself, and the results are eerily similar to the early part of the twenty-first century. But there are a few notable differences. Visa owns everything. Deer are the most common domesticated animal. And misinterpretations of pre-apocalyptic history run amuck (e.g. Palin established the theory of natural selection). But what hasn't changed is the nature of good and evil.

The Good and the Ghastly centers around two people linked through violence. Mobster Junior Alvarez has risen from child street thug to criminal overlord. He is a reprehensible man who will go to incredible lengths to get what he wants--power--and he desires to live however he pleases, without compromise. The intensity of his quest is matched only by that of the middle-aged mother of one of Alvarez's first victims. She has gone vigilante and is hunting down mobsters. The two are willing to go to the ends of the earth to manifest their wills--one good, one ghastly, both ruthless.

A wild satire of our own society, The Good and the Ghastly is a visceral novel informed with Boice's unnerving sense of reality and pathology. It is also an honest, old-fashioned, good-versus-evil story--with a twist of modern-day madness.

Genre: Science Fiction
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Hardback Editions

June 2011 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Good and the Ghastly: A Novel
Author(s): James Boice
ISBN: 1-4165-7544-8 / 978-1-4165-7544-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

June 2014 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Good and the Ghastly: A Novel
Author(s): James Boice
ISBN: 1-4165-7545-6 / 978-1-4165-7545-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Good and the Ghastly: A Novel
Author(s): James Boice
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

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