Ryan David Jahn

 Macmillan £12.99 Hbk

Released: 2nd July 2010

Reviewer: Sue Lord


Sue Lord went to Art School and became an illustrator. She had success in later life as a painter but after the last recession decided to 'paint with words' and began writing short stories for magazines. She has an MA in creative writing, runs courses and does script doctoring.

Low Life is a very difficult book to review, you will either love it or hate it and to write too much about the novel will certainly not be helpful. If you like transgressive fiction e.g. Palahniuk; whereby the protagonist are rebelling against the basic norms of society, they may seem mentally ill, anti-social, or nihilistic; you will certainly enjoy this book.

Simon Johnson lives in a seedy apartment with his pet goldfish Francine. He is a payroll accountant who works six days a week and has no friends. One night a man breaks in and attacks him. His assailant is determined to kill him. Simon defends himself and murders the man. When he switches on the lights he sees that the dead man looks just like him. He puts the body into his bath and covers it with ice. Simon is determined to find out who this man is and why he wanted him dead.

This is the story of Simonís existential journey, into the life of the dead man; Jeremy Shackleford, a happily married mathematics teacher.






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