Maxim Jakubowski is owner of the renowned Murder One bookshop in London and author and editor of a number of books, including On Tenderness Express and a number of popular "Mammoth Books," including Illustrated Erotica and Pulp Fiction.
Likened to Henry Miller and heralded abroad as "king of the erotic thriller," the author of this unblushingly pornographic novel published earlier this year in the U.K. is previously credited with such quixotic titles as The State of Montana and The Erotic Novels Boxed Set. From the opening lines of his latest ("She said pussy. I said cunt"), the author purposefully sets out to arouse and exploit the prurient proclivities of voyeuristic readers. Unfolding as a series of (generally) alternating parallel narratives, the novel chronicles the psychosocial evolution of two sexually obsessed main characters, both addicted to vicarious phone and cybersex. Jack, a rather sophisticated London bookseller and writer, is contrasted with Milduta, a comparatively innocent young Estonian woman raised from early childhood by her grandparents. Emotionally scarred since his student days after discovering that a French girl he is tutoring has betrayed him by having sex with a rival classmate, Jack is doomed to a repetitive pattern of possessive relationships with a series of female partners only to be ultimately rejected. Milduta develops a talent for fellatio, which she performs on a rather undistinguished mnage of men she meets in bars. Inevitably, she is deflowered before she encounters Jack via the Web and the unraveling of their Freudian threads is set in motion. Although the steamy New York City tryst promised at the start is strangely missing, this blatantly prurient, edgy, perverse morality play will hold even the most jaded reader to the shocking end. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.