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With Death Laughing by Peter Plate

With Death Laughing

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With Death Laughing by Peter Plate
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Apr 30, 2019 | ISBN 9781609809256

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“There are two characters at the heart of Peter Plate’s With Death Laughing. One is a just-sprung ex con turned bell-ringing street priest. The other is an elusive halfway house diva named Sugar Child who is forever jacked up on psyche meds. We are at first tempted to write them off as a pair of losers. But as Plate takes them through the slow–motion train wreck of their struggle to live, to love, to aspire, to matter, in a world too otherwise occupied to care, he ultimately reveals their humanity. With Death Laughing is a crime novel in which writing anyone off is, in itself, the crime.” —Lee Stringer, author of Grand Central WinterSleepaway School and, with Kurt Vonnegut, Like Shaking Hands with God

“Like a nightstick upside your skull, Peter Plate’s prose makes the stars explode behind your eyes with his deft street corner delivery.” —Gary Phillips, The Be-Bop Barbarians

“Plate is to San Francisco what Hubert Selby Jr. is to New York: a gritty, honest speaker for the grimy masses.” Willamette Week

“[Peter Plate’s] San Francisco is a fiery hell, where the devil rids in a squad car, and God doesn’t deign to put in an appearance.” San Francisco Chronicle

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