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Boxer beetle : a novel

Author: Ned Beauman
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, [2011], ©2010.
Series: Melville international crime.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Kevin "Fishy" Broom has his nickname for a reason -- a rare genetic condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell like rotting fish. Consequently, he rarely ventures out of the apartment where he deals online in Nazi memorabilia. But when he stumbles into a crime scene, he finds himself drawn into an investigation of a pair of small-time players in pre-WWII history. First, there's Philip Erskine,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Humorous fiction
Black humor (Literature)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ned Beauman
ISBN: 9781608196807 1608196801
OCLC Number: 753863965
Notes: Originally published: Johannesburg, South Africa : Penguin, 2009.
Description: 246 ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Melville international crime.
Responsibility: Ned Beauman.
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Kevin "Fishy" Broom has his nickname for a reason -- a rare genetic condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell like rotting fish. Consequently, he rarely ventures out of the apartment where he deals online in Nazi memorabilia. But when he stumbles into a crime scene, he finds himself drawn into an investigation of a pair of small-time players in pre-WWII history. First, there's Philip Erskine, a fascist gentleman entomologist who dreams of breeding an indomitable beetle as a tribute to Hitler's glory, all the while aspiring to arguably more sinister projects in human eugenics. And then there's Sinner Roach, a nine-toed, runtish, brutish, homosexual Jewish boxer -- a somewhat hideous specimen, but perfect, in his way, who becomes on object of obsession for Erskine, professionally and most definitely otherwise. What became of the boxer? What became of the beetle? And what will become of anyone who tries to find out?

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