Monday, January 14, 2013

The Jigsaw Man, by Gord Rollo

(pb; 2006, 2008)

From the back cover:

"What would you be willing to do for two million dollars?  Michael Fox answered that question for himself.  The hard way.  He was just about to commit suicide when a stranger approached him and offered him two million in cold, hard cash.  All he wanted in return was Fox's right arm. . .

"But that's only the beginning.  The mysterious surgeon's plans go far, far beyond one simple limb.  And Fox is not his only 'donor.'  Once Fox is trapped behind the operating room doors, he discovers there is no escape from the madness, as bit by bloody bit his body is taken from him. . . and gradually replaced. . ."


The Jigsaw Man is good horror read, with its sometimes pervy, pernicious update of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

After its brief, opening set-up chapters, the story blasts through dire, often surreal territory, lent realistic weight by its narrator (Fox), whose pain - physical and emotional - rings true, despite the novel's slaughterous and urban legendesque events.

Worth checking out, this.

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