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The Contortionist's Handbook

(2002)
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Following a near fatal overdose of painkillers, Daniel Fletcher is resuscitated in a Los Angeles emergency room and detained for psychiatric evaluation. Through a series of questions and tests, the psychiatrist must ascertain whether the patient intended to kill himself, or whether he can walk free. What the psychiatrist doesn't know is that 'Daniel Fletcher' is actually John - Johnny - Dolan Vincent, a brilliant young forger who continually changes his identity to save himself from a lifetime of incarceration. Johnny has done such assessments before - many, many times. As he creates an elaborate bluff for the evaluator, Johnny reveals the true story of his traumatic past - a broken family, descent into the sinister world of forgers and criminals, and his one chance of salvation in the beautiful and elusive Molly. But time is running out; as his underworld clients lose patience and the psychiatrist's net closes around him, Johnny has to negotiate the escape act of his life. Evoking the boulevards and strip bars of 1980s LA with cinematic intensity, The Contortionist's Handbook is a darkly hypnotic and stunningly original debut.

    

"I swear to God this is the best book I have read in easily five years. Easily. Maybe ten years." - Chuck Palahniuk

"One of the most interesting writers to emerge in years. This book deserves to be massive." - Irvine Welsh


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Hardback Editions

September 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 1-931561-15-X / 978-1-931561-15-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage
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Paperback Editions

2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Contortionist's handbook (The Times Summer Reads)
Author(s): Clevenger Craig
ISBN: 0-00-788048-0 / 978-0-00-788048-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 0-00-719415-3 / 978-0-00-719415-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 0-00-719416-1 / 978-0-00-719416-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 1-931561-48-6 / 978-1-931561-48-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing
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Audio Editions

February 2013 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 1-4332-9821-X / 978-1-4332-9821-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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December 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2009 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2009 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook (Library Edition)
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 1-4332-9818-X / 978-1-4332-9818-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook (Library Edition)
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 1-4332-9819-8 / 978-1-4332-9819-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2009 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
ISBN: 1-4332-9822-8 / 978-1-4332-9822-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Contortionist's Handbook
Author(s): Craig Clevenger
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK