Jonathan Seede is the picture of Washington, DC, respectability, an urban pioneer with a pretty wife, a new baby, and a job at the town’s most esteemed newspaper. But ten blocks from the White House, on the notorious Fourteenth Street strip, a war is raging over deviant behavior. And Seede is on the front lines, deep into a secret freelance project that’s taking him to plaJonathan Seede is the picture of Washington, DC, respectability, an urban pioneer with a pretty wife, a new baby, and a job at the town’s most esteemed newspaper. But ten blocks from the White House, on the notorious Fourteenth Street strip, a war is raging over deviant behavior. And Seede is on the front lines, deep into a secret freelance project that’s taking him to places where most people would never dare to go.As he descends into an inferno of repressed urges and human frailties, Seede’s journey plays out against a brilliantly realized portrait of the nation’s capital, featuring pimps and hustlers, an accidental hooker, an honest cop, a storefront prophet/marijuana dealer, a beautiful teenage runaway, a crack-addicted music legend, an A-list gay activist, and a diminutive billionaire who is searching for the answers to life’s greatest questions in a crystal skull. The first novel from best-selling journalist Mike Sager, Deviant Behavior is a mad, vivid, and daring romp through a society in crisis, and the story of what happens when one frustrated father decides to Just Say Yes....
|Title||:||Deviant Behavior: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, Fatherhood, and Crystal Skulls|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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Deviant Behavior: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, Fatherhood, and Crystal Skulls Reviews
Mike Sager’s Deviant Behavior delves into the lives of a lot of characters—a reporter, a teenage runaway, a billionaire, a high-profile gay activist, a music legend, various law enforcers (some honest, some not), pimps, hookers, and gang members—on seedier side of late 80s-early 90s Washington, D.C. I like stories with intersecting characters, but there are so many in Deviant Behavior that it’s hard to keep track of who’s who. Everyone has a story to tell, but that doesn’t mean every story should be told, especially not in as limited a space as a 304-page novel. Even the one-off waiter gets his back-story told. I realized that the way I keep track of characters is by what they’re doing. Sager makes the mistake of describing what these characters have already done. As a result of that, the reader gets 90 pages in and very little has happened. In a much longer novel, this technique could have led to an epic feel, but Deviant Behavior ends up feeling lacking. This young girl gets confused with that young girl; this cop gets confused with that special agent. By the time the reader is through the epilogue, there’s even less of a novel. It’s obvious Sager is a journalist. That’s where his strength lies—in writing articles. The epilogue feels like the final article to the lacking novel preceding, everything summed up in less than a dozen pages. Isn’t that what a novel is for? So that you don’t have to summarize? Good thing there was the mystery of the crystal skulls to keep the reader interested. Despite the structural flaws, Sager’s social commentary is sharp and humorous, and even if the decisions the characters make are often foolish and egocentric, I didn’t mind where some of them ended up. Two stars.
Verdict: Sager (Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: Stories of Sex, Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll and MurderScary Monsters and Super Freaks) has a keen eye for detail that brings to life the nasty underbelly of Washington, DC, circa the early 1990s, but it's impossible to discern the story in the mess of a plot.Background: In his first novel, Sager, a writer-at-large for Esquire, introduces readers to Jonathan Seede, a renowned, young Washington Herald reporter whose wife has left him for unknown reasons. Adrift on a crack binge, he inexplicably finds himself at the nexus of a millionaire's quest for a mystical, ancient Mayan crystal skull. Along the way, the story pulls in hookers and pimps, a couple of drug dealers, a cop, a gay guy, the 60-year-old story of unearthing the skull, and a hot teenaged protogoth chick cum priestess. Readers might expect a Carl Hiaasen–type novel with such a mix of characters, but they get a whole other package entirely.Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.
I started this book on the recommendation of my husband, who's not an avid reader. But I thought I'd give it a go even though I didn't really know what it was about. It was an interesting read, albeit not subject matter I'm used to reading. None the less, it was a nice change of pace. My only complaint is that it tied itself up quickly and a little too perfectly.
Worst book I've read in a long time. Pointless and stereotyped characters, too many plots that don't come together in any meaningful way, and feigned, generic philosophical statements that have no depth.
For a book that started out so promisingly, the final half of the book is a letdown. Without ruining what, I suppose, is supposed to be twist ending let's just say that you'll be either confused or annoyed that you read the whole book.
Decent thriller -- gives lots of local color (even if it conflates streets for poetic license). Not a great nvoel, but an engaging bit of fluff.