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Wildness Lies In Wait [Kindle Edition]

Stirling Noh

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Book Description

Wildness Lies In Wait is an existential suspense novella set in Detroit and Brazil. Dr. Dragan Panic is an aging jock who was forced into medical school by his old world parents. The only field that would have him was psychotherapy, an unfortunate state of affairs for himself and his patients, a menagerie of moneyed vulgarians and libertines he counsels on the finest golf courses of Detroit. The doctor's marriage to a beautiful successful lawyer is not just on the rocks; it's breaking up in heavy surf. Asked by a writer friend to broker the man's reconciliation with a black sheep brother who sought refuge in Northern Brazil, Dr. Panic accepts. He has nothing left to lose. But nothing to gain either.

Published by Detroit-centric Atomic Quill Press, Stirling Noh's Wildness Lies in Wait flashes across borders and time in order to chart its course from the dilapidated tenements of Detroit and "Tijuana North" (Windsor) to the sexy tourist beaches of Brazil. Its protagonist is the car-thieving, booze-swilling psychiatrist Dr. Dragan Panic; a man coming not-so-slowly undone by his failed relationships. Like Noh's writing, Panic is erudite, sardonic, culturally savvy, and full of a heterosexual masculine bravado (the book is rife with "chicks," "molls," and "libidos") that recognizes itself as such but refuses to defer to any disingenuous political correctness. Panic, and the book, are content to be absurd. And in this way, Wildness asserts a certain gutsiness (about race, sexuality, politics) by refusing to make that gutsiness the laboured point of the story itself. The result is an effortless ugly realism which refuses to allow its boorish characters to become strawmen. The narrative is occasionally uneven and unfocussed, leaving several characters unsatisfactorily in the lurch, but the strength of the narrative voice manages ultimately to contain the novella's various threads with its genuine cadence and wit... Like the faux-gangster drawl of one of its characters, Wildness Lies in Wait is "half serious, half self-parody," and suggests, like Six Ways to Sunday, that its author has planted the promising seeds of literary potential to be reaped in years to come. - Canadian Literature

Editorial Reviews


Wildness Lies in Wait is a harrowing portrait of the modern urban male in free fall. With wit and with a sharp eye for detail, Stirling Noh takes us to the underside of not only Dr. Dragan Panic but of a whole culture. -- Nino Ricci, author of "Testament" and "Lives of the Saints"

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Dr. Dragan Panic stares out the window, hypnotised. Under the late afternoon sun, Lake Michigan is another sky, a curved infinity of rippling bronze. A small black finger appears. Detroit is an hour behind him, Belo Horizonte nine hours ahead. And although he can already feel the x-ray light of the tropical sun seducing his gypsy complexion, he is dubious about this trip.

I could easily abort mission in Chicago, he mutters to himself, headphones clamped to his head, with Cecilia Bartoli in full cry. A taxi from O'Hare downtown, check in to the shabby elegance of the Congress Plaza, a quick twilight nap in room 1172, an old favourite from dirty weekends past, a late surf and turf dinner somewhere just off the Magnificent Mile, drinks in the basement bar at the Drake and then bed. Tomorrow morning he wakes up and flies back home to Detroit, as if that was what he had in mind all along.

Or why not go all the way to the coast? I know a great place in Santa Monica, the Cal-Mar, with big suites and a kidney shaped pool shaded by a giant palm. "C'est sexy le ciel de Californie," he mutters to himself absentmindedly.

Not enough courage. Inevitability has the upper hand. The doctor sips the last of his drink and crunches the husk of an ice cube. Vodka puts him in a meditative frame of mind. How could it not when you're six miles from earth in a stifling cigar tube?

Chicago swells up from the ground, a colossus of boxed steel and glass..Hail gibberish from the cockpit, all the stops pulled out on a Dixie drawl. The tower has finally cleared us for landing, thanks so much for your patience, this terrible heat-wave is almost over, tough it out, enjoy your stay, think of us the next time you fly. Seats back, trays up, laptops off. The engines begin to whine, hungry for oxygen. The plane bucks and pitches as it wrestles a squall of thermals, confident, defiant. Commuter jets give you a thrill whether you want it or not. Minutes from now the doctor will be stalking the halls of the terminal to unwind. Then he will retire to the cocktail lounge to medicate himself for a new boarding gate. .

Product Details

  • File Size: 214 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Atomic Quill Press; 1 edition (April 5, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0025KUEUY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,732,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Stirling Noh is a Canadian author living in London, Ontario. He writes existential novellas and erotic urban fiction. His influences include Jean Toomer, Italo Calvino, John D. MacDonald and Zane.


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