Anita Carbone was a good girl-and it bored her. That's why she took the long subway ride down to Greenwich Village, home of the Beats and the stoners, home to every kind of misfit and dropout and free spirit you could imagine. It was where she met Joe Milani, the troubled young war veteran with the gentle touch. But it was also where she met his drug-dealing roommate-a man whose unnatural appetites led to murder...
by Lawrence Block
by Peter James, Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Christopher Fowler, Lawrence Block
"It's 1961 in Greenwich Village. A DIET OF TREACLE chronicles the beat lifestyle of three lost souls: Shank, the pot seller; Joe, the mixed-up war vet, and Anita, the college dropout. The complication they don't need is murder. But, in a flash, there it is. It's tough for listeners to embrace any of these characters. Only listeners who were adults in 1961 will grasp the reality of this story. Narrator Christian Conn almost saves the day. As his outstanding presentation captures the essence of these characters, his clear, crisp delivery provides a unique identity for each. Still, this painful study of human nature may not be for everyone. The story is tough to follow unless you lived in the time period. T.J.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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