From Publishers Weekly
This intense tale of real-life horror may remind some readers of Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment
. On a whim, hit man Steven Benedetti, who's driving to Los Angeles from Oregon, stops in a small Northern California town to take in a carnival sideshow. There he picks up the Serpent Girl of the title (aka Carmen Mattox), and soon the bodies start to mount up. Carmen seeks emotional and sexual fulfillment in murder, while for Benedetti, the cool professional, it's simply business. Wasting no words on characterization, Garton (Live Girls
) speeds the violent, X-rated action to its bleak, foreordained climax. (Dec.)
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About the Author
Ray Garton is the author of sixty books, including horror novels such as the Bram Stoker Award–nominated Live Girls, Crucifax, Lot Lizards, and The Loveliest Dead; thrillers like Sex and Violence in Hollywood, Murder Was My Alibi, and Trade Secrets; and seven short story collections. He has also written several movie and TV tie-ins and a number of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award. He lives in northern California with his wife.