Already Dead: A California Gothic by Denis Johnson

By Denis Johnson

Nelson Fairchild, Jr., has a Thriving Marijuana enterprise in California's lush redwood kingdom -- and a few critical difficulties. His marriage has long gone to pot, and he may possibly lose his land, money, and crop within the divorce payment. What's extra, short of a few speedy funds, Nelson had foolishly agreed to smuggle $90,000 worthy of cocaine via customs for Harry Lally, Jr., a massive participant in a drug syndicate. retreating in advance of bringing the medication via, he flushes the powder. Now Lally desires him useless, and goons are scorching on his path. determined, terrified, and on my own, for Nelson, there's just one means out.
Denis Johnson's largest and most intricate publication but, Already lifeless is "a fiercely poetic journey de force.... It's additionally a hell of a read" (Details).
The hugely acclaimed novel from one in every of today's such a lot interesting writers, Already useless "offers with regards to every little thing that mystery purchasers search for: medicines, booze, intercourse, murderous violence, a soupcon of the supernatural and a wide forged of enterprising psychopaths" (Time).
"Mr. Johnson writes fantastically, with power and beauty, as if his fingers have been on hearth and his head caked in ice.... each web page boasts exhilarating flights of Mr. Johnson's prose". -- big apple Observer
"What makes this booklet very unlikely to place down ... is the operatic grandeur of Johnson's prose, that is occasionally appealing and sometimes hypnotic". -- humans

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In one sense, her disappearance was due to circumstances beyond my control. What’s done is done, that sort of thing. How we got on the last four years was of no consequence. Any more than the photos peeled out of the albums. Nor did it matter that she’d been sleeping with a friend of mine for a long time and one day upped and moved in with him. All this was within the realm of possibility. Such things happened often enough, so how could I think her leaving me was anything out of the ordinary? The long and the short of it was, it was up to her.

But at such times that you must show your ears, you block off the passageway between your ears and your consciousness. ” A winsome smile came to her face. ” “Don’t rush things,” she said, reaching her right hand across the table, lightly touching the fingers of my left hand. ” I poured out the rest of the wine into our glasses and slowly drank mine. “First, I want to know more about you,” she started. ” “Everything. ” “It’s your ordinary story. ” “I was born in 1948, on December twenty-fourth, Christmas Eve.

Which may have been the reason why the funeral was so somber. Only family present, nearly everyone older. It was presided over by her older brother, barely thirty, or maybe it was her brother-in-law. Her father, a shortish man in his mid-fifties, wore a black armband of mourning. He stood by the entrance and scarcely moved. Reminded me of a street washed clean after a downpour. On leaving, I lowered my head in silence, and he lowered his head in return, without a word. I met her in autumn nine years ago, when I was twenty and she was seventeen.

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