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The Joy of Killing: A Novel by Harry MacLean
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The Joy of Killing: A Novel

by Harry MacLean

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"This [novel] begins on a stormy fall night at a lake house in the north woods of Minnesota, where we are introduced to a college professor who a few years earlier had written a novel in which he justified a gruesome campus murder under the nihilistic theory that there is no right or wrong, no moral center to man's activity. The writer returns to the lake house where he had spent his childhood summers and locks himself in the attic, intent on writing the final story of his life. Playing on a continuous loop in his mind are key moments in his past ... All of these threads weave together as the writer tries to piece together the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up one human life"--… (more)

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