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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harvest Books
Publication date July 1, 2000
Pages 255
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780156009003
ISBN-10 0156009005
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $13.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The valet and reluctant confidant to a Howard Hughes-like tycoon, Herman Louse discovers that his compulsive employer's carefully constructed environment is threatened by a conspiracy that may end in his freedom. A first novel. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:
Herbert Horatio "Poppy" Blackwell was once a daring aviator, illustrious movie producer, and brilliant businessman. A Howard Hughes-like mogul, Poppy has become a recluse with paralyzing fears of infection. Cloistered in the penthouse high above his desert gambling empire, Poppy's maids and footmen and lawyers and physicians cater to his eccentric, paranoid demands. Herman Q. Louse is Poppy's valet, whose primary duty is administering Poppy's "medication," near-lethal injections of heroin. Louse is just one of the indentured servants who work off their debt accrued at Poppy's casino. To ensure absolute cooperation and loyalty, their long-term memory has been erased and every action is watched by video cameras. But as Louse goes about his carefully monitored business, he becomes aware of a growing conspiracy against Poppy, forcing him to act as Poppy's unlikely protector-that is, until accusations begin to circulate about Louse. Dark, disturbing, yet acerbically funny, Louse is an unforgettable tale by a terrifically imaginative new writer.


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781559704496
 
from Arcade Pub (November 2, 1998)
9781559704496 | details & prices | 255 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $23.95
About: The valet and reluctant confidant to a Howard Hughes-like tycoon, Herman Louse discovers that his compulsive employer's carefully constructed environment is threatened by a conspiracy that may end in his freedom
Paperback
Book cover for 9780156009003 Book cover for 9781250063632 Book cover for 9781611451863
 
Reissue edition from Picador USA (February 24, 2015)
9781250063632 | details & prices | 255 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.74 lbs | List price $20.00
About: A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the YearHerbert Horatio "Poppy" Blackwell was once a daring aviator, an illustrious movie producer, and a brilliant businessman.
from Arcade Pub (April 18, 2011)
9781611451863 | details & prices | 272 pages | List price $19.95
About: Debut novelist Grand evokes a frightening, impersonal future in this chilling account of a gambler who forfeits his memory in order to pay off his debts.
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Reprint edition from Harvest Books (July 1, 2000)
9780156009003 | details & prices | 255 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $13.00
About: The valet and reluctant confidant to a Howard Hughes-like tycoon, Herman Louse discovers that his compulsive employer's carefully constructed environment is threatened by a conspiracy that may end in his freedom.

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