The Delivery Man is a thrilling and astonishing debut - a scary, fast-paced, and illuminating portrait of the MySpace generation. It is a love story set against the surreal excess of Las Vegas - and the artificial suburbs, gated communities, and freeways that surround it - where broken lives come to seek new beginnings and casinos feed the lust of tourists and residents alike. Ultrasophisticated local kids grow up fast and burn out early.
After attending college in New York, Chase returns to Vegas and is drawn into the lucrative but dangerous world of a teenage call-girl service with his childhood friend, Michele, a beautiful Salvadoran immigrant with whom he shares a tragic past. Over the course of one extraordinary summer, they will confront the violence and emptiness at the heart of the city and their generation. At once stark and electrically atmospheric, horrifying, and hopeful, The Delivery Man is an ambitious literary novel as well as a fast and absorbing pause resister - and a powerful indictment of a society in which personal responsibility has been abandoned, lust is increasingly mistaken for love, and innocence is an anachronism.
©2005 Joe McGinniss Jr. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"A dead-of-night story surehandedly told in a pared-down, teeth-bared style reminiscent of Joan Didion." (Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander)
"[A] brisk, bleak debut novel... McGinniss manages to whip the yearning and confusion of the woefully inarticulate Chase into dramatic, even gripping fare.... The Delivery Man offers unflinching glimpses at mores in free fall.... Searing... Memorable... Not for the faint of heart." (Ed Park, The New York Times Book Review)
"McGinniss offers a fresh take on the seamy side of Vegas by focusing on the wasted lives of burned-out teens hooked on drugs and money. Even CSI doesn't dig this deep." (Carol Memmott, USA Today)
"Grim, convincing, and compelling... McGinniss charts [his characters'] aimlessness with insight and dexterity. Dare I say it? The Delivery Man really delivers." (Art Taylor, The Washington Post)
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