The Contortionist's Handbook

The Contortionist's Handbook

Book - 2002
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John Dolan Vincent, a forger who suffers from migraine headaches and mental illness, invents a new identity for himself in order to be released from a mental hospital and build a new life.

Blackwell North Amer
The Contortionist's Handbook is the story of John Dolan Vincent, a talented young forger with a proclivity for mathematics and drug addiction. A misguided attempt at self-medicating his severe migraines lands him in a mental hospital awaiting a psychiatric evaluation - not his first time being on the brink of involuntary commitment. He knows that to be examined twice is to ensure being institutionalized as a suicide risk. So, following each trip to the hospital, he draws upon his skills as a "contortionist" - an inventor of new identities - and makes a new "life" for himself.
This time, however, the stakes are even higher. John and his girlfriend Keara are in danger from underworld thugs unhappy with being cut off from a source of phony documents and his fictional identity is on the verge of falling apart. John must face the formidable psychiatrist eye to eye and bluff his way out of certain doom. In John Dolan Vincent's world, the truth won't set you free - it will lock you up or get you killed.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : MacAdam/Cage Pub., c2002
ISBN: 9781931561150
Branch Call Number: F CLE
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 24 cm


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