From Jeff Menapace, best-selling author of the Bad Games trilogy, comes Hair of the Bitch, a disturbing psychological thriller with tongue firmly planted in cheek...until it's ripped out.
Calvin Court is a massage therapist with a few secrets. He battles depression. He medicates with too much booze. And he's got the hots for one of his clients. She claims the feeling is mutual...until she frames Calvin for murder and blackmails him.
The price? Not much. Calvin just has to do her bidding in a black-market industry catering to the very rich and the oh-so-very disturbed.
Maybe he's just better off at the bar.
Jeff Menapace is the winner of the 2011 Red Adept Reviews Indie Award for horror.
©2014 Jeff Menapace (P)2015 Jeff Menapace
"One of the Best Novels of 2014." (John Dixon, best-selling author of Phoenix Island)
"I find the author to be ridiculously talented." (MichelleR, Red Adept Reviews)
I loved that you literally were inside Calvin's head. He was constantly arguing with himself about choices he should or shouldn't make and I loved how you got to see how tortured he was. The ending was insane and I can't believe I didn't see it coming!
I can't say there was one thing in particular I liked about the story, as I liked the whole thing. The characters were awesome, especially Calvin. Angela got on my nerves a couple of times but the book wouldn't have been as good without her.
I've never listened to any of Jeff Hay's performances before.
Absolutely! I needed to know how Calvin was going to justify his actions and what consequences would result from those actions.
Great story line, enhanced by an amazing narrator. loved the "voice" he gave to each character, along with the sound effects used.
It was a dark and twisted tale. I liked the characters, even if they were all messed up in their own way.
Jeff may it feel like there was definite separation between each voice. I've listened to some audiobooks and couldn't tell who was "speaking" at times, not the case with this one.
A love story meets Hostel
This was an amazing book. Very sick and twisted - one of the darkest books i've read. I loved it!
I don't know if I would classify this experience as enjoyable. I thought the writing was excellent and the narration was certainly top notch. But this was a book that I found was more akin to watching a horrific car crash. You don't want to watch (or listen in this case) but you cant' stop because something deep inside you needs to find out what happens and if you're going to see any blood. You know it's not something that "normal" people do but there's just something that is drawing you in.
The dark humour that showed up at times was quite unexpected and in one part where the main character is having a conversation with his own inner conscience I actually laughed outloud.
I don't know if I actually had a favorite character from this book. Pete (the best friend) was the character I could most identify with, but due to the nature of the book I found most of the characters to be fascinating, horrific, and repellent. Although I do have to admit the main character Calvin did have his moments of "heroics".
All of Jeff's characters were strongly performed and each of them had subtle things about them that I loved. I especially liked when Angela was disciplined by her boss from Calvin's failure and the lisp that Jeff introduced into her voice from that point on.
During some of the scenes in the book I was left somewhat unsettled because of the descriptions. I think if I had been reading the book it might not have been as bad, but with someone describing the scene it altered the way my mind saw the scene.
I was both bitter and satisfied with the ending of the book and I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as if it had ended happily for everyone involved.
The author did an excellent job writing the story. It made me thoughtful as to if someone could really do this and then actually made me question if I could do something like what Calvin was involved in. Definately an unsettling story, but if you enjoy reading books about the darker side of the human psyche, or want to be unsettled I would recommend this book for you.
This is a messed up book sick twisted and perverted like the movie 9mm except way worse.it has a way of repelling you through the main character's sick and twisted moral compass and then redeeming his humanity in a f'ed up way. All and all this was a good book but man it can frazzel your nerves with depravity.
None this book is in a world all on its own
All Jeff hays always does a great job on his audio top notch performance as always
Revulsion and morbid curiosity
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Jeff Menapace knows how to write good character driven suspense! I would highly recommend his Vengeful Games series and Wild Life. That said, this is a truly a "dark" thriller. The snuff porn theme made me uncomfortable but I had to know how the story would turn out. Warning to the sensitive: this is dirty.
Good overall book, I would not expect anything less coming from Jeff Menapace. It keeps you intrigued from the beginning all the way through the end. If you enjoyed Jeff Menapace's other books this is one to definently listen too. The narrator does a fantastic job through out the book.
I love to read and listen now too.
Yes, but only if they enjoyed this level of entertainment.
Too many to cover without giving things away.
Jeff Hay's was new to me, but I will notice in my future choices. Good Range.
SOOO many scenarios, some very intense > but again, I can not really say. Read it yourself.
A quick moving story that will keep you guessing, at least it did me.
I never did truly figure it out.
I am interested in reading more from J. Manapace.
This was a quick listen. I actually enjoyed the crassness of the book and all its horrifying crudeness lol. I would recommend this to anyone who thinks they are have a bad week lol
LOL Once is enough
He has an easy to listen to voice, that doesn't take away from the action of the book. His character voices are well done
I listen to and from work
The darkness reminded me a bit of the Hannibal TV show that I love, would love to see more books along this line
Bondage. Murder. Shark.
I can't pick one, there's just too many great scenes. Though if I did have to pick one it's got to be the boat scene.. or maybe the second apartment scene. no no definitely the boat! Without giving too much away our hero finds himself on a boat with a woman, a thug and a camera man. How bad could it be? It's no 3 hour tour.
I almost cried when I realized how close to the end I was, I couldn't stop listening. Seriously a great listen. Such an exciting book my only complaint is that it wasn't twice as long!
Jeff and Jeff both did a great job once again! Can't wait for the next one.
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