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Mr. Peanut

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David Pepin has been in love with his wife, Alice, since the moment they met in a uni­ver­sity sem­i­nar on Alfred Hitch­cock. After thir­teen years of mar­riage, he still can’t imag­ine a remotely happy life with­out her—yet he obses­sively con­tem­plates her demise. Soon she is dead, and David is both deeply dis­traught and the prime suspect.

The detec­tives inves­ti­gat­ing Alice’s sus­pi­cious death have plenty of per­sonal expe­ri­ence with con­ju­gal enig­mas: Ward Has­troll is hap­pily mar­ried until his wife inex­plic­a­bly becomes vol­un­tar­ily and mil­i­tantly bedrid­den; and Sam Shep­pard is espe­cially sen­si­tive to the intri­ca­cies of mar­i­tal guilt and inno­cence, hav­ing decades before been con­victed and then exon­er­ated of the bru­tal mur­der of his wife.

The most riv­et­ing look at the dark side of mar­riage since Who’s Afraid of Vir­ginia Woolf?…It induced night­mares, at least in this reader. No mean feat.

—Stephen King

Still, these men are in the busi­ness of fig­ur­ing things out, even as Pepin’s role in Alice’s death grows ever more con­found­ing when they link him to a highly unusual hit man called Mobius. Like the Escher draw­ings that inspire the com­puter games David designs for a liv­ing, these com­plex, inter­lock­ing dra­mas are struc­turally and emo­tion­ally intense, sub­tle, and intrigu­ing; they bril­liantly explore the war­ring impulses of affec­tion and hatred, and pose a host of arrest­ing ques­tions. Is it pos­si­ble to know any­one fully, com­pletely? Are mur­der and mar­riage two sides of the same coin, each end­lessly recy­cling into the other? And what, in the end, is the truth about love?

Mes­mer­iz­ing, exhil­a­rat­ing, and pro­foundly mov­ing, Mr. Peanut is a police pro­ce­dural of the soul, a poignant inves­ti­ga­tion of the relent­lessly mys­te­ri­ous human heart—and a first novel of the high­est order.