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Sacred Monster

(1989)
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Publisher's Weekly
Prolific Westlake displays yet again the originality that won him an Edgar Award for God Save the Mark and praise for books ranging from deadly thrillers through boffo comics. This novel is organized as a series of film flashbacks and forwards, with movie star Jack Pine speaking to an interviewer, Michael O'Connor. Stoned on drugs, Pine describes how his lifelong friend, Buddy Pal, helped him rise from lean beginnings to the top in Hollywood. A foreboding air pervades the recital of Pine's shameful past; though a habitual user of people, he remains unaware that Pal is using him. Sensing the character's moral rot, the reader is nevertheless seduced by the secrets spilling from Pine's unguarded tongue. Even with prescience, we are floored by the author's ingenious revelation of what happened and by the ultimate impact of O'Connor's role as a interviewer.

Library Journal
In his own inimitable comic style, full of wit, black humor, and grand gesture, Westlake limns the life of Jack Pine, fabulously wealthy but drug-hazed and slightly mad movie star. As the plot progresses (depending on the current clarity or cloudiness of his mind), Jack delivers a series of carefully orchestrated flashbacks to an interviewer revelatory of his acting career, ex-wives, paternity suits, and ubiquitous best friend/sponge Buddy Pal. The scenes twist bitterly into the present, and the true reasons for the drugs and the interview become clear. Fun and chuckles until the darkly humorous, surprising conclusion to this mystery.-- REK



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July 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sacred Monster
Author(s): Donald E Westlake
ISBN: 0-517-07445-1 / 978-0-517-07445-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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June 1990 : UK Hardback
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Title: Sacred Monster
Author(s): Donald E Westlake
ISBN: 0-85031-936-6 / 978-0-85031-936-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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May 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Sacred Monster
Author(s): Donald E Westlake
ISBN: 0-89296-177-5 / 978-0-89296-177-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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Paperback Editions

June 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Sacred Monster
Author(s): Donald E Westlake
ISBN: 0-7490-0002-3 / 978-0-7490-0002-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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April 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Sacred Monster
Author(s): Donald E Westlake
ISBN: 0-445-40886-3 / 978-0-445-40886-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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January 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Sacred Monster
Author(s): Donald E Westlake
ISBN: 0-446-40886-7 / 978-0-446-40886-8 (USA edition)
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