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Voluntary Madness

(2000)
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Mimicking the hard-edged cynicism of James M Cain and reminiscent of James Hadley Chase, Hendricks (Iguana Love) probes the psychosocial baggage of two outside-the-mainstream characters intent on creating art out of the wrecks of their lives. Against a pornographic Rorschach of unwashed sex fueled by marijuana and alcohol, the author offers up a quixotic, marathon Chamber of Commerce tour of the eateries and tourist attractions of Key West. Sexually abused by her father since she was nine, 22-year-old ex-Cracker Barrel waitress Juliette has had little happiness in her life. When she meets 44-year-old half-Jamaican, half-Italian, diabetic, alcoholic Punch in Fort Pierce, she falls desperately in love with the self-styled novelist. Using proceeds from Juliette's abusive father's life insurance, the ill-starred couple migrate to Key West and make a pact that they will live out the year (and their bankroll) indulging themselves sensually and instigating "experiences" that Punch will chronicle in a novel--art imitates life. The plot takes a more serious turn when Punch accidentally kills a security guard at the Hemingway House, where the two adventure-seekers are trying to have sex. Having squandered one-third of their remaining capital on a used motorcycle with a ruined engine, they become "Burrito Bandidos", holding up popular Island eateries for sustenance. Copious, steamy sex scenes; gritty, Bukowskiesque characters; and popular Key West hangouts definitely focus the book's appeal and make this a Leaving Las Vegas on a tight budget. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Genre: Mystery

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November 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Voluntary Madness
Author(s): Vicki Hendricks
ISBN: 1-85242-666-7 / 978-1-85242-666-8 (UK edition)
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December 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Voluntary Madness
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Title: Voluntary Madness
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May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Voluntary Madness (Five Star Paperback)
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ISBN: 1-85242-751-5 / 978-1-85242-751-1 (UK edition)
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January 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Voluntary Madness
Author(s): Vicki Hendricks
ISBN: 1-85242-629-2 / 978-1-85242-629-3 (UK edition)
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July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Author(s): Vicki Hendricks
ISBN: 1-5226-8283-X / 978-1-5226-8283-7 (USA edition)
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January 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Voluntary Madness
Author(s): Vicki Hendricks
Publisher: Winona Woods Books
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