Mr. Peanut, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


David Pepin has loved his wife since the moment they met, and he can't imagine living without her - yet he obsessively contemplates her demise.

Soon she's dead, and he's both deeply distraught and the prime suspect.

The detectives investigating her death have their own conjugal difficulties.

Ward Hastroll's wife is inexplicably, voluntarily bedridden. And Sam Sheppard has for decades been especially sensitive to the intricacies of marital guilt, for the most personal of reasons...When Pepin is linked to a hitman, the case begins to resemble the Escher drawings that inspire the computer games Pepin designs for a living.

Mesmerizing, hugely poignant, astonishing in its reach, Mr. Peanut is a police procedural of the soul and a first novel of the highest order.




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A rather incredible book that is very difficult to sum up. There's a novel within the novel; a fictionalised account of the case of Dr Sam Sheppard (the inspiration for The Fugitive); a seminar on Hitchcock; an airline's angelic 'fixer'; a nightmarish hike; and much more besides. The different tales of troubled marriages - which all touch on what seems to be the universal urge to kill one's wife - don't really fit together, but everything is written with such brilliance that I can't wait for Mr Ross to release something else. Equally at home with sex and gore, domestic drudgery and the glorious surrounds of Hawaii, he's got it all - except a sense of restraint. Now that he's thrown the kitchen sink at his debut novel, the rest should be even better.

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Good in parts, but most peculiar - couldn't figure out what it was all about. Thought the author was trying to be too clever by half.