Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Could there be a more repellent main character than Paris trout? ... maybe, but it's been a while since I've come across one. Appearing early an as your standard variety racist mean-spirited person he soon murders a young black girl without a shred of guilt then proceeds to sink further into depravity and insanity until the final bloody climax. What is probably more chilling is the way the "decent" people in the town ignore and excuse his behaviour. A rather bleak but excellently written look at human nature.