Kevin "Fishy" Broom has his nickname for a reason-a rare genetic
condition that makes his sweat and other bodily excretions smell
markedly like rotting fish. Consequently, he rarely ventures out of
the London apartment where he deals online in Nazi memorabilia. But
when Fishy stumbles upon a crime scene, he finds himself on the
long-cold trail of a pair of small-time players in interwar British
history. First, there's Philip Erskine, a fascist gentleman
entomologist who dreams of breeding an indomitable beetle as
tribute to Reich Chancellor Hitler's glory, all the while aspiring
to arguably more sinister projects in human eugenics. And then
there's Seth "Sinner" Roach, a homosexual Jewish boxer, nine-toed,
runtish, brutish-but perfect in his way-who becomes an object of
obsession for Erskine, professionally and most decidedly otherwise.
What became of the boxer? What became of the beetle? And what will
become of anyone who dares to unearth the answers?
First-time novelist Ned Beauman spins out a dazzling narrative
across decades and continents, weaving his manic fiction through
the back alleys of history. "Boxer, Beetle" is a remarkably
assured, wildly enjoyable debut.
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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