Sick City

Sick City

By Tony O'Neill

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061789748, 374pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2010


Meet Jeffrey and Randal, two desperate junkies and your guides on this top-to-bottom fun-house tour of Hollywood's underbelly. From infamous crime scenes to celebrity treatment centers, Sick City is an outrageous page-turning adventure set in the sun-bleached wilds of LA.

About the Author
TONY O NEILL is a poet and novelist whose books include "Down and Out on Murder Mile" and "Digging the Vein". He lives in New York.

Praise For Sick City

“A wildly fun read.”
-Willamette Week

“Like the bastard child of Dashiell Hammett and Evelyn Waugh....With Sick City, Tony O’Neil confirms his comic voice....If dark humor, punk sensibility, literary sophistication and pointed satire are among your addictions, you should find Sick City a rewarding read.”

“What Sick City does is takes the grit and grime of, say, Naked Lunch by William Burroughs and makes it coherent…within the context of a caper novel, as imagined by Elmore Leonard….Sick City makes Jim Thompson’s novels look like Little Golden Books.”

“You may feel disturbed by this very realistic account of addicts on a mission.”

“O’Neill delivers a Hollywood thriller that’s equal parts acerbic social commentary à la Burroughs’s Naked Lunch and extraordinary crime fiction misadventure....Fans of Chuck Palahniuk and Warren Ellis will cherish this twisted tale.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[An] inspired comedy of errors…a post-punk crack at Hollywood’s legacy that’s funnier than its predecessor, and just as cringe-inducing…infused with enough black humor to make Bill Burroughs choke on his apple”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Like a Robert Altman film scripted by Charles Bukowski and William S. Burroughs...Sick City is appealing in its unsentimentalism, disgusting in its details--and, almost unbelievably, funny.”

Sick City is a disturbingly twisted ride through Hollywood’s underbelly with a degenerate cast of colorfully interwoven characters. I loved the whole f**ked up journey.”

Sick City is fun, twisted and brutal. One of the best books written about LA in a long time. O’Neill could be our generation’s Jim Thompson.”
-James Frey, author of Bright Shiny Morning

“Tony O’Neill works his L.A. people the way Dutch Leonard had his hand down the pants of every degenerate in his great Detroit novels. Cover your ears, ladies; thanks to O’Neill, the cries of pain can be heard from one sick city to another. Just use your eyes.”
-Barry Gifford, author of Wild at Heart

“Addictive Noir! Rarely do you find a novel that is both fast paced and well observed, action packed, yet high-grade poetic. Once you start it, just try putting it down.”
-Arthur Nersesian, author of The F*ck Up

“Reading Tony O’Neill is like traveling downhill in a car with no lights at terrific speed and driven by a four-year-old child on meth. The signposts along the way are all marked ‘Nowhere.’”
-Sebastian Horsley, author of Dandy in the Underworld

“I f**king loved it -- the piss-soaked floors, the vomit-impastoed car interiors, the groans and grunts from every room. It’s like some weirdly loveable purgatory.”
-Tom McCarthy, author of Remainder

“Tony O’Neill writes about the Hollywood I know as well as any writer alive. His characters are a punch in the face, scorchingly real. His dialogue is note-perfect.”
-Dan Fante, author of 86'd