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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Arcade Pub
Publication date November 2, 1998
Pages 255
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781559704496
ISBN-10 1559704497
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $23.95
§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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: What if Howard Hughes ruled his corporate empire from a chrome-and-glass citadel, served by problem gamblers who've been enslaved so they can pay off their debts? Louse is only partly the answer to that question. It's also a deft piece of corporate satire, an Orwellian fable about absolute power, even a kind of religious allegory. Author David Grand's remarkable first novel follows Herman Q. Louse, valet to the invalid, germ-phobic billionaire Herbert Horatio Blackwell, as he navigates the conspiracy-ridden world Blackwell has constructed in the middle of the Nevada desert. Louse's story is interspersed with snippets of memos, bulletins, press releases, and public confessions--Grand's modern version of groupthink--all of which provide a darkly comic counterpoint to the novel's growing intrigue. There are more twists and turns in this book than in your average Hollywood thriller, yet somehow the plot--as well-oiled as it is--becomes hardly the point. Louse is a chilling look at the fate of the individual in a collectivized world, as appropriate to today's corporate drones as to the denizens of Orwell's 1984.

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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.
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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