Pain Killers: A Novel

Paperback | March 16, 2010

byJerry Stahl

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Down-and-out ex-cop and not-quite-reformed addict Manny Rupert accepts an undercover job to find out if a California prison inmate is who he claims to be: Josef Mengele, aka the Angel of Death. Did the sadistic legend, whose Auschwitz crimes still horrify, fake his own death thirty years ago? Suddenly Manny finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy involving genocide, drugs, eugenics, human experiments, and America's secret history of collusion with the Nazis—all while careening from one extreme of apocalypse-adjacent reality to the other.

Not for the faint of heart, Jerry Stahl's Pain Killers hurtles readers into a disturbing, original, and alarmingly real world filled with some of the strangest sex, most horrific violence, and screaming wit ever found on the page.

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Down-and-out ex-cop and not-quite-reformed addict Manny Rupert accepts an undercover job to find out if a California prison inmate is who he claims to be: Josef Mengele, aka the Angel of Death. Did the sadistic legend, whose Auschwitz crimes still horrify, fake his own death thirty years ago? Suddenly Manny finds himself in the middle ...

Jerry Stahl is the author of the narcotic memoirPermanent Midnight and Perv—a Love Story, bothLos Angeles Timesbestsellers, as well as the acclaimed novelsPain Killers,Plainclothes Naked, andI, Fatty. He has written extensively for film and television.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:March 16, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060506660

ISBN - 13:9780060506667

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“From the opening gut punch this book had me laughing and turning pages. Jerry Stahl is Thomas Berger’s wicked stepson and his new novel is a tour de force.”