By Denis Johnson

ISBN-10: 0060187379

ISBN-13: 9780060187378

Nelson Fairchild, Jr., has a Thriving Marijuana company in California's lush redwood nation -- and a few severe difficulties. His marriage has long gone to pot, and he may possibly lose his land, money, and crop within the divorce payment. What's extra, wanting a few speedy money, Nelson had foolishly agreed to smuggle $90,000 worthy of cocaine via customs for Harry Lally, Jr., a huge participant in a drug syndicate. retreating previous to bringing the medication via, he flushes the powder. Now Lally desires him useless, and goons are sizzling on his path. determined, terrified, and on my own, for Nelson, there's just one manner out.
Denis Johnson's greatest and most complicated ebook but, Already lifeless is "a fiercely poetic travel de force.... It's additionally a hell of a read" (Details).
The hugely acclaimed novel from one in every of today's such a lot interesting writers, Already useless "offers with reference to every little thing that mystery purchasers search for: medicinal drugs, booze, intercourse, murderous violence, a soupcon of the supernatural and a wide solid of enterprising psychopaths" (Time).
"Mr. Johnson writes superbly, with power and style, as if his arms have been on hearth and his head caked in ice.... each web page boasts exhilarating flights of Mr. Johnson's prose". -- manhattan Observer
"What makes this ebook very unlikely to place down ... is the operatic grandeur of Johnson's prose, that is occasionally appealing and infrequently hypnotic". -- humans

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I can swear on oath that I 30 THE FISH CAN SING never heard him make any reference to anything contained in these Sermons, nor was I ever aware of any other pious activities on his part besides those Sunday readings. Furthermore, I have not managed to find anyone who can remember having heard Björn of Brekkukot ever refer to any theological, moral, or philosophical doctrine in the Sermons. I have no idea whether my grandfather took notice of everything in it, or nothing. If he believed it all, he was just like those theologians who store their theology somewhere in a locked compartment of the brain, or rather, perhaps, like those travellers who carry a bottle of iodine in their luggage and take care to keep it tightly corked in case it leaks and ruins their belongings.

When he was not wearing his sou’wester, he had on a broad-brimmed black hat of the kind that is called a clerical hat in Germany but an artist’s hat in Denmark, with a shallow crumpled crown and red silk lining. This hat was never new, as far as I can remember, but it never F I N E W E AT H E R 17 became old either, and the creases in it always remained the same. It blew off once, and after that he got my grandmother to sew on two tapes, which he would then tie under his chin when the weather was windy.

Yes, and I’ve scarcely slept a wink all night because of my conscience,” said the thief. “I didn’t even have any appetite for my coffee this morning. ” “Quite so,” said Björn of Brekkukot. “But at least you can try to stand up straight while we are talking. ” My grandfather solemnly took a pinch of snuff: “Yes, it’s hardly to be expected that you would be feeling light-hearted after a deed like that,” he said. ” “Have it your own way,” said my grandfather. “But in a case like this I need to do a little thinking.

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