From award-winning, bestselling author Jervey Tervalon comes an enthralling, twisting tale of suspense, drugs, perverse sex, and poisonous celebrity worship.
Gibson was once a successful chef enjoying the popularity of his hip New York City restaurant with his beautiful, loving wife. But Gibson also had a raging drug addiction that lurked in the background, threatening to ravage everything he had . . . and it did.
Fresh out of rehab and now creating gourmet meals for the residents of a halfway house, Gibson is struggling to repair his life. His talent is recognized by the house's manager, who uses her connections to land him a job as the personal chef of Monster, the musical genius of his time. It's an opportunity Gibson can't refuse, even though his gut is telling him to run the other way.
Arriving at Monster's compound, Gibson falls into a world of privilege-driven madness. He's asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. He's warned never to speak to Monster's wife, an irresistible woman who is reportedly mute. The gardener cautions him against walking the grounds at night, advising him to see nothing, hear nothing, and say nothing. He's also witness to Monster's ability to make the lives of those around him kaleidoscopes of confusion and despair. When Gibson discovers a dead body near his bungalow, he is propelled into an ever-darker mystery. Now he must figure out not only how to escape this terrifying nightmare . . . but whether he can.
About the Author
Jervey Tervalon is the author of five books, including the bestselling Dead Above Ground and Understand This, for which he won the New Voices Award from the Quality Paperback Book Club. He edited the anthology The Cocaine Chronicles. He was a Remsen Bird writer in residence at Occidental College and a Disney screenwriting fellow. He is the director of the Literature for Life project, an online literary magazine and salon, and the literary director of LitFest Pasadena. Born in New Orleans, he now lives in California and teaches at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara.