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An Absolute Gentleman
An Absolute Gentleman
Author: R. M. Kinder
A gripping first novel, based on the author's real-life relationship with a convicted murderer, that delves with subtlety and nuance rather than violence and sensationalism into the mind of a serial killer. — Meet Arthur Blume: charming guy, small-town college English professor, struggling writer, and occasional murderer. In this chilling deb...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781582433882
ISBN-10: 1582433887
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Counterpoint
Book Type: Paperback
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This is the chilling story of a serial killer told in the first-person by the murderer, who is outwardly a pleasant Creative Writing professor in a small midwestern college. His history with his mother is told in enough detail that we understand why he is both attracted to and repulsed by women. There is a haunting, vacant quality to his interactions with colleagues and students, and the suspense builds to a crescendo of violence that is unimaginably evil.

This character is based on a real-life serial murderer known to the author, which adds to the horrible knowledge that these damaged minds do truly exist and live among us in various guises. I was reminded of the dawning knowledge among Ted Bundy's friends when the range and depth of his murders were known.
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