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.