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Lethal Injection

Jim Nisbet

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-195-4
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April 2010

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Jim Nisbet's cult classic Lethal Injection, one of the first Black Lizard Books originals, has been out of print in the United States for an unforgivably long time (though it lives on in France and Germany, where Nisbet has become a true phenomenon). Overlook is remedying that with this paperback-the first of nine publications that will make up a Nisbet revolution.

It's about as noir as you can get. In a bleak Texas prison Royce, an alcoholic doctor administers Bobby Mencken's last "high," convinced that the convicted killer was innocent. When Royce's marriage crumbles he takes off for Dallas to search for the real killer.

Of Nisbet, Germany's Die Welt wrote, "Neither Norman Mailer nor Truman Capote has in their writing been able to produce such an intensity as Nisbet has achieved."

With sharp humor and a poet's ear for language, Nisbet's world may be bleak, but it is frighteningly real. Overlook is proud to bring him to a new generation of readers.

Jim Nisbet is the author of ten novels. His most recent novel, Windward Passage, is also published by Overlook. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times, shortlisted for the Hammett prize, and published in French, German, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Greek. He lives in San Francisco.

Praise for Jim Nisbet

"Lethal Injection is an unheralded masterpiece of the Noir genre. Everyone who loves Noir should read this brilliant book." -James Ellroy

"Truly, hellishly gritty." -Los Angeles Times

"Jim Nisbet is a lot more than just good... powerful, provocative... remains in the mind long after the novel is finished. Nisbet's style has overtones of Walker Percy's smooth southern satin, but his characters - losers, grifters, con men - hark back to the days of James M. Cain's twisted images of morality." -Toronto Globe-Mail

"Horrifying, riveting... a book worth reading." -United Press International

"A novel of rare ferocity... a veritable nightmare. A great and terrifying roman noir!" -Le Figaro

Lethal Injection is one of the rare books that really makes you appreciate what dark fiction is capable of and how diluted other purportedly dark fiction is. ... Jim Nisbet’s work has been tapping directly into the pulse of America for decades. Like others who have done the same in the past its only later that the rest of us catch up and realize just how right those trailblazers were all along. With two new releases and the start of the re-issues in 2010 that time is now, for all of us to not only catch up to this unheralded master but to offer him the respect and regard that he deserves.” -- Spinetingler

“Friends, this is midnight noir, dark and dank and infused with doom, but rendered with beautiful phrasing and full of that human ache.” –Ransom Notes book blog

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