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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Victor LaValle Narrator: Victor LaValle Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781611208559
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Pepper is a rambunctious big man, and, suddenly, the surprised inmate of a budget-strapped mental institution in Queens, New York. He’s not mentally ill, but that doesn’t seem to matter. On his first night, he’s visited by a terrifying creature who nearly kills him before being hustled away by the hospital staff. It’s no delusion: the other patients confirm that a hungry devil roams the hallways when the sun goes down.

Pepper rallies three other inmates in a plot to fight back: Dorry, an octogenarian schizophrenic; Coffee, an African immigrant with severe OCD; and Loochie, a bipolar teenage girl. Battling the pill-pushing staff, one another, and their own minds, they try to kill the monster that’s stalking them. But can the Devil die?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Embeds a sophisticated critique of contemporary America’s inhumane treatment of madness in a fast-paced story that is by turns horrifying, suspenseful, and comic in a noirish way.”

    Boston Globe

  • “It’s simply too bighearted, too gentle, too kind, too culturally observant and too idiosyncratic to squash into the small cupboard of any one genre, or even two.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “LaValle performs a dizzying high-wire act: he balances social satire, horror, and mordant humor, but never jettisons genuine affection and empathy for even the most damaged of his characters.”

    Washington Post

  • “LaValle uses the thrills of horror to draw attention to timely matters…a striking and original American novelist.”

    New Republic

  • “Extraordinary.”

    Paste Magazine

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yllwbrckrd | 2/7/2014

    " voted by publishers weekly as one of the best of 2012... very surprising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miriam | 2/2/2014

    " After finishing this book, I want to like it better than I did. I enjoy Victor LaValle's style, his fluid, but straightforward prose, and I like the premise of the book: that there is real horror to be found in the overlap of mental healthcare and criminal justice, the inadequacy of mental healthcare systems, and the slippery slope of combating this system from the inside, burdened either with mental illness or a diagnosis of such. His afterward really makes me want to love the book because he sounds like a thoughtful, cool, down-to-earth writer, but it all never quite gelled for me. The different sections feel really disjointed, partly I think because Pepper, our protagonist, never felt like flesh and blood to me, just like a vehicle for a message and an idea. I wish he'd put the spotlight on 19-year-old Loochie, who I missed when she dropped out of the narrative, and who was the only character I really came to care about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amantha | 1/26/2014

    " I don't know why this book took me so long to finish, considering it's right up my alley. Psychology? Check. Rundown mental hospital? Check. Crazy, likable characters? Check. Yet for some reason, as soon as I settled down on the couch to read, my mind would start wandering. But once I got about halfway through, that changed. I couldn't put it down. The narration is exceedingly casual and makes liberal use of italics and rhetorical questions. I like it enough that I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/22/2014

    " Strange and original and lots of fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 librarydish | 1/20/2014

    " madness and mystery. the main character, Pepper, is a working-class anti-hero who is losing himself and finding himself after being dumped in a mental institution and doing battle with a fearsome monster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 1/6/2014

    " This was an interesting read. I would recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ry Pickard | 12/20/2013

    " hard to believe this is the same guy who wrote big machine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/16/2013

    " A completely sane man does something really stupid and gets himself locked on a psych ward. Residents there claim that the devil himself lives on the ward and before long, our character believes it. I believed it too. Too bad the ending was a cop out and this book completely wasted my time. Boo! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Justina | 9/28/2013

    " For the life of me i could not get into this book and tried and tried again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 3/13/2013

    " Entertaining, terrifying, and riveting. Lavalle is a wonderful storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 3/10/2013

    " Very good, but very disturbing book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/4/2013

    " This book was interesting and unexpected. I like the parallels between the mental institution and life. They're obvious but necessary reminders people can hold with them. Reminders that serve as a reminder -at least for a while - of the beauty and absurdity of the world around us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kali Lux | 11/2/2012

    " i loved this book, it was a perfect combination of dark and twisted but fresh and funny. so creative but so authentic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolyce Abernathy | 8/25/2012

    " First half was great! Second half was kinda slow but still kept my interest. Picked this book up not knowing anything about the author or his style but after reading this, I 'm interested in this authors other works. "

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About the Author

Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and Slapboxing with Jesus. Big Machine was the winner of an American Book Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2010, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, the Nation, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches writing at Columbia University and lives in New York.