Killing Johnny Fry

Killing Johnny Fry

A Sexistential Novel

Book - 2007
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This bold new novel from Walter Mosley startles in both its rawness and its honest portrayal of a man on a quest for sexual redemption in midlife. When Cordell Carmel catches his longtime girlfriend with another man, the act that he witnesses seems to dissolve all the boundaries he knows. In that instant, the calm existence of this middle-aged New York City man becomes something unrecognizable: he wants revenge, but also something more. Killing Johnny Fry is the story of Cordell's dark, funny, soulful, and outrageously explicit sexual odyssey in search of a new way of life. His guide is a mysterious woman named Sisypha, who leads him deep into the erotic heart of the city.

Killing Johnny Fry marks new territory for Walter Mosley, bestselling author of Devil in a Blue Dress and many other books in different genres: sci-fi, politics, literary fiction. It will surprise, provoke, inspire, and make you blush. Above all, it is about a man questioning the rules we take for granted--and the powerful and sometimes disturbing connections that occur between people when these rules are removed.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596912267
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mosley
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 22 cm


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Wow. If this doesn’t get your blood pumping you better call a coroner. If graphic sex makes you blush then you better pass on this one; it is not your typical Mosley story.

Jun 04, 2012

Agree with the other reviewers though skipped over some of the graphic out of the ordinary erotic segments. I might add that the ending was a surprise that wrapped up the story tightly and neatly.

lindakettle Mar 29, 2012

Sex as grief. Great writing, as all Mosley's work, but not a "sensation" novel.

Feb 09, 2012

The subtitle of this explicit and graphic novel is very accurate. Improbably-named narrator Cordell Carmel, known as "L" to his friends and associates, begins to question everything in his ordinary life after walking in on his girlfriend having rough sex with mutual acquaintance Johnny Fry (they don't see him). Cordell becomes overwhelmed with disgust, rage, and lust. He begins to see the world in a new light... his job, his relationships, and his attitudes. He also begins to try some of the sexual behaviour he witnessed his girlfriend enjoying, with her and with other women, who suddenly seem drawn to him. He comes to realize that he had been living life quietly and plainly, without pain or passion. L slowly realizes that you can't have one without the other. //

There is a lot of very graphic sex in this novel. There is the increasingly primal sex that L has as well as his descriptions of scenes in a pornographic video that he buys early in the story. A major theme in the sex is domination and submission. Sex becomes a gateway for L to a deeper understanding of what it means to live and to love. //

Mosley is a critically acclaimed, prolific (averaging two novels a year), and popular writer, mainly of crime thrillers. He has also dabbled in other genres. This work is one such experiment. It is sharply and crisply written. Although it is full of explicit sex, it does not appear to be intended merely to arouse; it is _not_ erotic fiction.


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