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Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel by Jeff Jackson
“At some point, I began to think of it as an ancient folk tale. It’s fine work, with a kind of scattered narrative set within a tight frame. Fast-moving throughout—fragile characters who suggest a bleak inner world made in their own collective image. Birds and deer very impressive.”
—Don DeLillo, author of White Noise and Underworld
“Delightful in its use of playful forms—including, appropriately, an A and B side—this taut, atmospheric rock and roll thriller touches a raw nerve with its subject matter. Add the artist’s struggle authentic power and the carrot of fame—Destroy All Monsters is rock enough for anyone.”
—Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and Paint It Black
"Jeff Jackson is one of contemporary American fiction's most sterling and gifted new masters. With Destroy All Monsters, he has raised the high bar his work already set. It's a novel that impresses on many levels, with its beautifully hypnagogic, catastrophic story and writing that is a wonder to behold."
—Dennis Cooper, author of Closer and The Marbled Swarm
An epidemic of violence is sweeping the country: musicians are being murdered onstage in the middle of their sets by members of their audience. Are these random copycat killings, or is something more sinister at work? Has music itself become corrupted in a culture where everything is available, everybody is a "creative," and attention spans have dwindled to nothing?
With its cast of ambitious bands, yearning fans, and enigmatic killers, Destroy All Monsters tells a haunted and romantic story of overdue endings and unlikely beginnings that will resonate with anybody who’s ever loved music.
Like a classic vinyl single, Destroy All Monsters has both a Side A and Side B—you read one side, then flip the book over and upside down to read the other.
At the heart of Side A, “My Dark Ages,” is Xenie, a young woman who is repulsed by the violence of the epidemic but who still finds herself drawn deeper into the mystery. Side B, "Kill City," follows an alternate history, featuring familiar characters in surprising roles, and burrows deeper into the methods and motivations of the murderers.
Jeff Jackson is the author of the cult classic novel Mira Corpora, which was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected as one of the Best Books of 2013 in Slate and Salon. His short fiction has appeared in Vice, Guernica, and The Collagist. Six of his plays have been produced in New York City by the Obie Award winning Collapsable Giraffe theater company.