Thursday, December 23, 2010

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

Paris TroutParis 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.

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