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Copping Free: A Novel (Originally Published as Serpent Girl) Paperback – July 11, 2006

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Editorial Reviews


Advance praise for Serpent Girl

“Carnahan can write. He mixes real freaks with freaky West Coast dopers, gets them talking, threatening each other–and it works. I didn’t notice any wasted words.”
Elmore Leonard

“Smart, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny. It’s the coolest book I’ve read in years, and in my Top Five of All Time.”
Mike Myers

“It starts with the best opening line in modern American literature and just gets better–and by ‘better’ I mean more depraved and more fun–from there. If you’ve ever wondered what the hell–and by ‘hell’ I mean hell–goes on with a traveling circus when the tents fold and the sawdust is swept up, my babies, this is the show for you.”
John Ridley, author of The Drift and Those Who Walk in Darkness

“Only Matthew Carnahan’s own prose can do him justice–he’s ‘as clear as a bell in a Buddhist temple,’ he’s a ‘vigilant, righteous, in-your-face’ writer, his lines are as ‘ripe and perfectly juicy as Xana’s bruised-mango breasts.’ Oh, never mind–just read the first sentence and hold on to your balls (as if they were ‘dangerous little animals that might escape’) and you’re off!”
Richard Dooling, author of Brain Storm and White Man’s Grave

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MATTHEW CARNAHAN has had seventy-seven jobs, from deckhand to circus worker. He studied at New York University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. After working as a playwright and director in New York, Carnahan received the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project fellowship from Steven Spielberg. His feature directorial debut, Black Circle Boys premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, as did his film Mailman. He also directed Rudyland, the award-winning documentary about former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Carnahan is currently working on a new novel. He lives in Southern California and New York City with his girlfriend, Helen; son, Emmett; and daughter, Måkena lei.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (July 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812972848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812972849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Wow, what a ride!

I thoroughly enjoyed this fast, laugh-out-loud funny and short Tarantino-ish black humor tale.

Weird sex, drug-fueled violence, sideshow freaks, maniacs, idiots, criminals, revenge.... it's just one mess after another as this crazy first-person tale told by a narrator a few bricks shy of a load just roars ahead from the first page to the last.

Sleaze, noir, sideshows... hey, if that kinda stuff sounds like fun to you, check this out. One of the most entertaining books I read this year.

I got a copy from the library, but liked it so much I bought one for myself. That's how much I liked it.
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