High Life

High Life High Life is perhaps the greatest neglected masterpiece of true noir I ve never read anything like this nor do I expect to Ken Bruen author of The Guards Stokoe s in your face prose and raw unnervi

  • Title: High Life
  • Author: Matthew Stokoe Dennis (introduction) Cooper
  • ISBN: 9781617750090
  • Page: 222
  • Format: ebook
  • High Life

    High Life is perhaps the greatest neglected masterpiece of true noir I ve never read anything like this, nor do I expect to Ken Bruen, author of The Guards Stokoe s in your face prose and raw, unnerving scenes give way to a skillfully plotted tale that will keep readers glued to the page Publishers WeeklyWith a new introduction by Dennis Cooper, High Life shows Matth High Life is perhaps the greatest neglected masterpiece of true noir I ve never read anything like this, nor do I expect to Ken Bruen, author of The Guards Stokoe s in your face prose and raw, unnerving scenes give way to a skillfully plotted tale that will keep readers glued to the page Publishers WeeklyWith a new introduction by Dennis Cooper, High Life shows Matthew Stokoe to be a worthy heir to the great tradition of California noir High Life is an unholy hybrid of Raymond Chandler s best work and Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho.Matthew Stokoe was born in England and is currently living in the Southern Hemisphere His acclaimed first novel, Cows, was published by Creation Books in 1999.

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    1. Paul Bryant

      “Roll up, roll up, step right this way” – hey, it’s that guy again! He keeps turning up in my reviews – he’s played by Tom Waits in a bowler hat – (memo to finance department - please don't squander your entire budget hiring cool singer/songwriter/actors to do bit parts in these reviews, I hope they can stand up on their own without such indulgencies) - anyway, what's he saying this time?“It’s a continuous show, you pays your money and you takes just as long as you likes inside [...]

    2. Paul

      The Plot: Jack's prostitute wife disappears & he later learns she has been found murdered & “gutted like a fish”. Ryan, a sleazy vice cop, takes a personal interest in the prostitute's murder as he was one of her clients. Karen, Jack's murdered wife, confesses to Jack before she disappears, she was paid $30,000 for one of her kidneys & Jack decides to find out who Karen sold her kidney to, as her body, when found, has all her other organs removed. Jack meets an incestuous, wealth [...]

    3. Tony

      Stokoe, Matthew. HIGH LIFE. (2002,2008). I picked this book up because it was blurbed by Ken Bruen as follows: “High Life” is perhaps the greatest neglected masterpiece of true noir. I’ve never read anything like it before or since.” Either Bruen never read it, or his critical skills have gone to hell. This is probably the worst piece of trash I’ve ever read. It assails the reader with the grossest, most deviant sexual situations imagineable, placed in the context of a crime novel that [...]

    4. Deviant-Muse

      I do not read very much, until now. I have decided to pick up reading as my new hobby. My friend and former English professor suggested this book as my first real read in my new hobby. Wow, what a story to begin with!I may not write a review like most of the people on here as I am new to this. This story reads nice and the pace is steady. The story itself starts out with an interesting character named Jack. He goes through various situations that are sick, twisted, demented and at times grotesqu [...]

    5. Chadwick

      After reading this, I feel like Stokoe has just relieved himself into a wound hacked into my abdomen. And that's, in a weird way a good thing. This is a delirious, sickening novel of the nightmare hidden world of fame-addicted Los Angeles. The alternation of nausea and degradation with the surface gleam of the city's media factories hack out the rhythm of a sort of gorgeous deranged poetry, a texture that reads like the unholy union of J.G. Ballard and Raymond Chandler. This is a sick book, and [...]

    6. Michele St. Martin

      Just finished it last night on the train going home. If I could give this bitch more stars I wouldWhat a visceral, fucked-up, shank in the inner guts this book was. I'm trying to remember the last time I read a book so twisted & sick. I have some nasty stuff in my library, but DAAAAAAAYMAnd I want MORE.Mr. Stokoe, please write some more. I loved this!

    7. Lindy Loo

      I think this is the filthiest most graphic thing I've ever read. And yet, it was actually kind of good for what it was. Really nasty noir-type novel.

    8. Michael Seidlinger

      This plus watching A Serbian Film for the first time rank in as pieces of writing that leave you feeling as filthy as the whores and sadists chronicled in both stories.

    9. Lenny Wick

      A bit surprised by how poor this is. Certainly some set pieces that work for shock value, but much of the book is filler, with maybe about fifty pages of three hundred worth reading. Part of the problem is a central narrative that manages to be utterly boring (who killed the narrator's hateful hooker wife? will he find out? who cares?), but there are writerly issues, as well. Tons of pointless dialogue, pages upon pages of it, and characters that barely register as B-grade on the believability s [...]

    10. ABC Group

      This book is pretty over the top--in a good way. Akin to Bataille's "Story of an Eye," Stokoe shoots from the hip with a disgusting array of extreme sex scenesat, murder, organs, you name it.It's a great read but not for the faint at heart. Sometimes the narrative suffers from an easy obsession with the more extreme content, but that makes me wonder if that's the point. The inner urges are not ones I can share but I was surprised at how comfortable I became with them by the end. This is my numbe [...]

    11. Adam

      Absolute filth! If this had been written several hundred years ago, the author would have been locked up to protect the innocence of society. This is the only modern book I have read which comes close to the spirit of the works of Marquis de Sade. Imagine the most heartless deviant sexual acts combined with gratuitous drug use in a Hollywood setting and you have High Life.

    12. Jason

      Regardless of the atrocious aura this book emanates, it is superbly written. His sentence structure is outstanding, verbose yet not flowery - an inspiration to my own writing. Yes it is a wee bit nasty, but if you know the kind of reads I like, this is a gem!

    13. justme

      Honestly, I'm a little weary of reading this. I read Stokoe's other book, Cows, and given how disgusting that was, I'm not sure if I want to subject myself to something of that caliber again.That said, I'm just a little curious

    14. Ms. Nikki

      This read made me think of the music from Cypress Hill:I want to get high so high!I want to get high so high!I want to get high so high!I want to get high so high!Well that's the funk elastic the blunt I twist itThe slamafied (buddafied) funk on your discusOh what you messed with you got to bare witnessCatch a ho and another ho Merry ChristmasYes I smoke shit straight off the roach clipI roach it roll the blunt at once to approach itForward motion make you sway like the oceanThe herb is more tha [...]

    15. Arne

      Sexually disgusting noir-trip.Matthew Stokoe's prose completely got me. The way he describes LA, the way he climbs into the mind of a man so desperate for fame, the way he lets the story unfold,t a scene seems out of place. Our protagonist Jack is a disgusting pervert at his core, but yet he makes for not only an interesting protagonist but also one you would like to see the story unfold through. At heart High Life is indeed noir , but Stokoe also delves into hardcore scenes with necrophilia, sc [...]

    16. Sabrina

      Too much for some, but a fun read.If you can get through the moments when you find yourself cringing and hoping no one around you knows exactly what you're reading, this is definitely an okay book to pick up.Much of the often horrific sexual exploits that take place in this novel will make you cringe and almost retch with disgust, but will probably not make you put the book down (maybe once, but only for a minute). Think of the movies Saw, that human centipede one, and a cheap porno all being ed [...]

    17. Charlie

      Matthew Stokoe does it again! Cows blew my mind and "High Life" may have been less surreal and more "realistic" and gritty in some ways but I still don't know how to properly convey my emotions beyond reverence and amazement. Much like cows this is obviously not for the squeamish or faint at heart buta definite underrated masterpiece. People can rave about chuck palahniuk all they want but people like Matthew Stokoe are the REAL masters!

    18. Glenda

      I was torn between giving this 3 or 4 stars because I was concerned if I gave it 4 it would look like I was as sick, twisted and depraved as this book was! Haha There was alot of really sick shit (literally as well as figuratively) in here but the mystery kept me wanting to know who done it!! I could have done without the jackhammer scene and the necro stuff though and I am now worried that there are some really sick people in the world!

    19. Elwycke

      Our protagonist is Jack and his blank voice is brought vividly to life by Mr Stokoe who understands noir fiction's rhythm and detached humour.One can almost hear the sleazy saxaphone riffs blazing through our anti-hero's sojourns into darkest (and brightest) Hollywood. None of it is any good and that makes it all the more attractive!

    20. Joseph

      I found Stokoe by reading Cows, which I heard was just over the top insanity (and it was, in all the best ways.) After that joyride, I needed more. High Life is just as crazy, but in a different way. The gore and raunchiness isn't the focus though; the story is really compelling, and I found myself unable to put the book down - I just wanted to know how things were going to play out.

    21. Michele

      Just finished it last night on the train going home. If I could give this bitch more stars I wouldWhat a visceral, fucked-up, shank in the inner guts this book was. I'm trying to remember the last time I read a book so twisted & sick. I have some nasty stuff in my library, but DAAAAAAAYMAnd I want MORE.Mr. Stokoe, please write some more. I loved this!!!

    22. Fab

      Extremely well written.Similar to American Psycho, but only to an extent.Perhaps more frightening because the drivers here (sex, money)are top current values for (almost)everyone.

    23. George Huxley

      Well. That was Interesting. Classic Stokoe, not as good as Cows most definitely, but a good piece of noir. Not a great ending. But I liked the murder! Among other things.

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