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Farris, John.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Forge, 1995.
Physical Description:
352 pages : 24 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Author Notes

John Farris was born in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1936. He attended Southwestern College in Memphis. He sold his first novel the summer after he graduated from high school, in 1955. His other books include King Windom, The Long Light of Dawn, The Captors, Nightfall, Dragonfly, Elvisland, Phantom Nights, and Before the Night Ends.

Many of his books were adapted into movies. Harrison High was adapted into the film Because They're Young in 1960 and When Michael Calls was adapted in 1969. The Fury was the basis for the 1978 film, which Farris wrote the screenplay. He wrote and directed the film Dear Dead Delilah in 1972.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Farris's (Sacrifice) latest novel is a real Southern gothic melodrama‘with all the requisite over-the-top set pieces and labyrinthine plot twists‘that grabs readers instantly. A swank society wedding is halted because the groom has left his millionaire fiancée on the lawn of her Omaha, Neb., manse. He is Joe Bryce (né Mazcarek, or maybe Smith), a con man of the highest and smoothest order who's made his fortune preying on wealthy, marriageable ladies‘made enough, in fact, to live in the Caribbean in the off-swindling season aboard his yacht, Dragonfly. But Joe meets his match in Nimrod's Chapel, Ga., where he contrives an introduction to bestselling romance writer Pamela Abelard. Paralyzed after a hit-and-run accident, the wheelchair-bound Abby is tended by her uncle, Dr. Luke, whose unctuous facade conceals unhealthy secrets. Also on hand are Luke's wife, Charlene, a substance abuser whose finest moment comes when, ``naked as a peeled egg,'' she scrapes $300-a-roll wallpaper off the parlor walls. Among the many richly realized supporting players is a killer who in his downtime paints scenes of Christ. Never letting up on the suspense, Farris piles one Grand Guignol moment on top of another with unerring dexterity, a keen knowledge of human nature and a wicked sense of humor. Literary Guild alternate. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Joe, he of many last names, craves and seduces wealthy, vulnerable women and bilks them of a portion of their riches. Joe excuses his behavior with the rationale that he gives the ladies "what they want" while donating the proceeds to various charities. Joe's next project is Abby, a famous historical romance writer. Abby, injured in a hit-and-run accident, has been paraplegic for 13 years. Joe cannot bring himself to continue the seduction, but Abby-being the feisty female that she is-cannot let Joe leave her life, so they become platonic friends. Naturally, there is an evil genie in this paradise-Dr. Lucas Thomason, a sexually warped, thrice-married gubernatorial hopeful who is Abby's uncle. Predictably, our tarnished hero rescues Abby from a plethora of horrors. Farris (Sacrifice, LJ 8/94) has learned his writing craft and does it well, but he needs to shed his chauvinism and flesh out his paper-doll characters. Buy, but only if you need to spend year-end budget money.-Dawn L. Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.