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The Jigsaw Man [Kindle Edition]

Gord Rollo
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Book Description


Michael Fox is a homeless man living in a garbage dumpster beneath the Carver Street Bridge in Buffalo, NY. He’s bitterly depressed and ready to commit suicide; anything to put an end to his miserable existence.


When a mysterious billionaire surgeon offers Michael two million dollars for his right arm, he thinks his luck might be about to change. Little does he know that the surgeon has other plans for him. His arm is only the beginning. Bit by bit other pieces of Michael's body are surgically removed; his natural body stripped away and then reassembled using other harvested parts from thirteen different ‘donors’.


Now Fox isn’t sure if he’s a man or a monster, or whether or not he’d be better off dead. One thing he is sure of though, he’s not checking out of this world until he finds a way to make the people responsible pay for turning him into the experimental nightmare known as… The Jigsaw Man.

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Editorial Reviews


"Does not let up until the final page. A superb excursion into modern horror." -- Edward Lee (Horror Author)

"Gord Rollo [is] a writer who has the talent to scare but also can add social issues into his writing..." -- Horror Bob (Horror Review)

"A dark novel that [has] the power to shock you..." -- Horror Grinder

About the Author

Gord Rollo was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, but now lives in Ontario, Canada. His short stories and novella-length work have appeared in many professional publications throughout the genre and his novels include: The Jigsaw Man, Crimson, Strange Magic, and Valley Of The Scarecrow.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: EnemyOne (October 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QSWO74
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,919 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas, Average Execution November 11, 2008
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Michael Fox receives an offer of $2 million to give his right arm to a genius surgeon. As you would expect, things are not as they seem and our hero finds himself somewhat "out on a limb".

The story itself is quite imaginative and has its share of suspense. For the bulk of the novel I found it difficult to put down. Some of the situations really require a massive suspension of disbelief, but that's not such a big problem (this is a horror novel after all). There are some excellent horror ideas in the book too.

The novel does suffer in some areas though. The characters are not well developed at all, especially the villains who are some of the most one dimensional, evil stock characters I have ever read. The dialogue is quite poor and does not feel at all "real". The author also fails to relay a real sense of dread and does not, I feel, really protray the protagonist's suffering to the reader. The hero goes through the worst experiences imaginable, but he always comes out of them the same (despite constantly claiming to be losing his sanity), only slightly more angry.

Would I recommend Jigsaw Man? Absolutley, just take it for what it is: An entertaining piece of pulp horror. Don't expect it to make too much sense and don't expect any depth. Just read and enjoy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast paced horror novel July 29, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first time reading Gord Rollo, and man, what a novel to start with! I believe this was the August book of the month selection for the Leisure Horror Book Club (along with Brian Keene's Ghost Walk) and I immediately picked it up and started reading after skimming the back cover and checking out the gruesome cover. I was surprised at how quickly I was pulled into the story.

This was a fast-paced read with a bit of gore, but a lot of good character development and a really interesting contemporary take on the Frankenstein plot. Here, the story is based on a renegade scientist and his efforts to advance neuroscience by spending his fortune on top notch (but morally questionable) expertise and equipment. Test subjects are recruited from the streets and asked to sign paperwork signing over body parts for the scientist's (Dr. Marshall's) latest research. Rollo's protagonist, Michael Fox, is someone you immediately empathize with, despite his addiction to cheap booze and his life as a less than reputable homeless person (he's not above breaking into cars for the occasional Sterno high). Mr. Fox is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity -- two million bucks, and all he has to give up is his right arm! Needless to say, there turns out to be more to the "opportunity" than he thinks...

Gord cites his influences as Stephen King, Richard Laymon, and Dean Koontz, and you can definitely see their influence at work -- he focuses on the storytelling and keeps the writing simple and clean. There are also echoes of Michael Crichton (think Terminal Man) in the story.

I read the whole book in a few hours and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended for readers of contemporary horror. I will be checking out Mr. Rollo's other stories for sure.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just read it, it's awesome! September 24, 2009
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Jigsaw is an awesome horror tale. It is highly recommended and one of the better "new horror" books that I've read in a while. It is in a way a new retelling of Frankenstein, and that is how it is marketed. But honestly it could stand on it's own without the Frankenstein reference.

It tells the tale of a crazed billionaire scientist who is willing to give homeless people 2 million dollars for a body part - like an arm or leg. The protagonist (Mike) who is about to end his life as he has hit such a low in life decides that, sure he can give up an arm. The reasoning is he'll send the money to his daughter (whom disowned him) and send her through college. So he accepts the offer from the scientist's salesman/bodyguard thinking he can still do one last good thing in his life for his daughter.

What happens though is very horrific, the scientist Mr. Marshall has found a way to keep body parts alive by themselves, such as an arm or hand, so the scientist does know what he's doing. But the promise is not what it seems, and Mike finds himself in a whole lot of trouble. It's really hard to say anything without giving the story away, but lets say Mike figures things out pretty quickly, and it doesn't help him a bit as he's at the mercy of the scientist. In fact Mike gets to such a helpless stage so fast that it's shocking. But he finds out that he is going to be a special subject that might help out Mr. Marshall's son, and this gives Mike some hope for revenge.

Of note: this book will make you squeamish. It details some very weird and horrific things. Cool, but it might offend some.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Malpractice and Menace January 27, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A 21st Century take on Frankenstein and Les Yeux Sans Visage, a tale of class struggle and bioethics with a sympathetic, pathetic and still active homeless protagonist. Some books you read, it's tough to be sympathetic toward a hero that is just completely and utterly screwed. It feels like the character has nothing to do and is difficult to invest yourself in, but somehow this book pulled it off. Probably too repulsive and depressing for most readers, but extreme horror and noir buffs will find this a great read. Those who think commercial horror won't deal with truly frightening emotional content will also find themselves proven wrong by this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame
Don't bother
Published 6 days ago by scotty-48
5.0 out of 5 stars You want horror, you got it here!
When it comes down to it, Jigsaw Man is simply a story about fear, cowardice, and overcoming them to dispense revenge. Read more
Published 1 month ago by AudioBookReviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
This book is creepy with a capitol C. I think the thing that got me the most is that it could happen.
Published 1 month ago by Mrsv
2.0 out of 5 stars Sureal...plausible; idk! One check of a ride.
The synopsis piqued my interest as I'm sure it'll peak yours. A man down on his luck with nothing to lose. Although, as the story carries on it seems to lose its luster. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brandon Hinds
4.0 out of 5 stars If you love gory horror pick this book up
The Jigsaw man is a gory horror novel, so if you love horror but cannot handle very bloody and gory scenes then stay away from this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dierdra Byrd
4.0 out of 5 stars New take on an old story.
This is a new take on an old story. Frankenstein. Very gross and creepy book. A good page turner with plenty of action. Bit of an abrupt ending but good.
Published 6 months ago by 224perweek
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
Aside from the grammatical errors peppered throughout the book, the story just wasn't that great. I regret paying for this book.
Published 6 months ago by Noelle Hartt
4.0 out of 5 stars something different
Wow that was definitely something I haven't read before. I recommend if you're into horror books. I couldn't put it down.
Published 6 months ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars whoa!
Bazaar and heart pounding! I couldn't put it down! The story is thought provoking and disturbing! I was hooked from the start. Not for the weak stomachs.
Published 6 months ago by Jaygee
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Good!
This is one of the most twisted books I have ever read. It is crazy good. The story takes so many turns and just when you think you know where it's going.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by andrea
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Gord Rollo was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, but now lives in Ontario, Canada. His short stories and novella-length work have appeared in many professional publications throughout the genre and his novels include: The Jigsaw Man, Crimson, Strange Magic, Valley Of The Scarecrow, and The Translators. His work has been translated into several languages and his titles are currently being adapted for audiobooks.

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