...intellectually daring and unflinchingly honest look into this revealing and recent chapter of American cultural/criminal history. -- Doug Lain, author Last Week's Apocalypse
...the novel is a shocking and sensitive second-look at Manson-the-myth, told through conflicting points-of-view, at once positioning him as mystic-savior, molestation-victim and psychopath. -- Matthew Irwin
Harold Jaffe, celebrated enemy of convenient mythologies, has re-invented Charles Manson and his 'family' through a brilliantly calculated decomposition of cultural images and historical narratives. What finally emerges is an elegantly carnivalesque narrative headlining Jesus Coyote and his tribe of acolytes. Not surprising to those familiar with his previous books, Jaffe's virtuosic novel manages to be both a richly entertaining read and a penetrating interrogation of official versions of cultural history. -- Stephen-Paul Martin
Unlike the average novel, Jaffe's docufiction style provides witness testimonies, phone transcripts, interrogations, and press conferences. The violence is bloody and brutal; the author's voice is solid and smooth, reeling in the reader and keeping their eyes focused and their fingers turning the pages. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Harold Jaffe is the author of author of ten fiction or creative nonfiction volumes and four novels, including Jesus Coyote, (2008) 15 Serial Killers (2003) and Terror-Dot-Gov (2005)
from RDSP, Beyond the Techno-Cave: A Guerrilla Writer's Guide to Post-Millennial Culture, (2007) False Positive, (2002), Sex for the Millennium (1999), Othello Blues (1996), Straight Razor (1995), Eros Anti-Eros (1990), Madonna and Other Spectacles (1988) and Beasts (1986)
. Jaffe's fiction has appeared in numerous journals and has been widely anthologized. His novels and stories have been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, French, and Czech. Jaffe is editor-in-chief of Fiction International and Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at San Diego State.