Narrator Mark Vietor strikes an authoritative and stark tone that’s perfectly suited to Madison Smartt Bell’s gritty novel about New York City in the 1980s, Waiting for the End of the World.
Photographer Clarence Dmitri Larkin takes a job at Bellevue hospital in 1982. Larkin is soon exposed to New York City’s underbelly and becomes embroiled in a plot to detonate a nuclear device in Times Square.
Lyrical and haunting, Bell portrays the Big Apple as a hellish cauldron reminiscent of Dante’s Inferno.
A photographer descends into New York City’s chaotic and brutal underground in this sweeping story of the Big Apple at its seediest.
It’s 1982, and Clarence Dmitri Larkin is working as a photographer at Bellevue hospital in Manhattan. The job offers a painfully clear perspective on a city sick with madness, fraught with crime, and coming apart at the seams. Larkin’s curiosity soon leads to a subterranean world of all the city’s secret dangers, including domestic terrorists with a nuclear device, a serial killer inspired by an occult past, and a disfigured arsonist who just might be the one to burn the whole city down.
Waiting for the End of the World is a gritty portrait of 1980s New York, and an engrossing look at the battle of good versus evil in a city racked with violence and paranoia.