Paul Theroux, best-selling author of The Mosquito Coast, O-Zone, and My Secret History, gives us in Chicago Loop -- his most riveting novel yet -- a book that mirrors some of our darkest dreams.
A hot Chicago summer. Prowling through murky bars and stifling street, a man soon to be dubbed "The Wolfman" in the tabloid press is about to smash the boundaries of desire.
Paul Theroux's chilling novel of sexual obsession has been hailed by The Times of London as "a tour-de-force of the recesses of desire." The Daily Mail acclaims it "a first-rate thriller immaculately written, cunningly structured and full of insights into erotic psychosis."
Theroux's central figure is Parker Jagoda, a successful Chicago businessman with a wife, a kid, and a house in the suburbs. But strange appetites churn behind Parker's straight-arrow facade. He plays out exotic fantasies in a Loop hotel room with his wife. And on the sly he advertises in the personals for an "attr., fun-loving SWF." As we look on in horror and fascination, Parker's sexual hunger plunges him -- and us -- deeper and deeper into a world of danger and deadly obsession.
Chicago Loop is a devastating psychological portrait of a man engulfed by remorse as he confronts the shattering question How can my violence be undone? Stylish, immaculately written, it is the work of a supreme storyteller.