- Paperback: 350 pages
- Published: 1/1/05
- IBSN: 9781888451665
- e-IBSN: 9781936070565
- Hardcover: 325 pages
- IBSN: 9781888451306
- Genre: Fiction
The critically acclaimed psychological drama from the author of the cult classic The Fuck-Up and Manhattan Loverboy.
“A tight, gripping, erotic thriller.”
—Philadelphia City Paper
“The Suicide Casanova for our new millennium is Leslie Cauldwell, a mild-mannered lawyer, voyeuristic pervert, unwitting murderer, lyrical misogynist, craven sex addict, sweaty stalker, off-the-cuff philosopher—the wily, manic, mordantly self-loathing narrator of his own life’s shipwreck on his obsession with a porn star–turned–Long Island soccer mom. Nersesian has written a scathingly original page-turner, hilarious, tragic, and shocking—this may be his most brilliant novel yet.”
—Kate Christensen, author of In the Drink
“A vivid, compelling psychothriller, Suicide Casanova confirms Nersesian’s place as one of New York City’s most important chroniclers. His unique psychological vision of the city rates with those of Paul Auster and Madison Smart Bell.”
—Blake Nelson, author of Girl and User
“Sick, depraved, and heartbreaking—in other words, a great read, a great book. Suicide Casanova is erotic noir and Nersesian’s hard-boiled prose comes at you like a jailhouse confession.”
—Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man
Read “SHARD” by Arthur Nersesian, part of Akashic’s Mondays Are Murder series.
What do Gary Condit, Woody Allen, and O.J. Simpson have in common with Leslie Cauldwell, protagonist of Nersesian’s latest offering? They are Suicide Casanovas. What compels powerful men in the prime of their professional lives to risk so much? Following the commercial success of his first three novels, Nersesian’s Suicide Casanova presents a psychosexual thriller, a dramatic departure from his youthful black comedies: Humbert Humbert without the pedophile penchant, Hannibal Lecter without the appetite.
Corporate attorney Leslie Cauldwell is middle-aged, handsome, and rich, but has only a few swipes left on his mental Metrocard. During a rough sex session, he garrotes his beloved wife; now he’s an officially designated “sex offender,” off on a bender, looking for love in all the wrong places. Twenty years earlier, when his office was high above the pornographic purgatory of Times Square, Leslie became involved with the adult film star Sky Pacifica. She needed a refuge, and he was ripe for the using. Following a brief fling, each went their own way. Two decades later, in 2001, Leslie is still working in Times Square—recently sanitized with its ESPN Zone and MTV window—and fraught with guilt about the “accident” with his wife.
Like Jay Gatsby pursuing an erotic American dream, Leslie, with the help of a private detective, hunts down Sky Pacifica, his latter-day Daisy. Across a landscape of S&M mistresses and porn producers, from LA of the ’80s to New York of the new millennium, we see a modern-day tale of love and loss, innocence and corruption, crime and redemption.
ARTHUR NERSESIAN is the author of nine novels, including The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx, The Swing Voter of Staten Island, Suicide Casanova, Manhattan Loverboy, East Village Tetrology, the cult-classic The Fuck-Up (more than 100,000 copies sold), dogrun, and Mesopotamia. He lives in New York City.