BAXTER: A NOVEL OF INHUMAN EVIL. [London]: Harrap Books, . Octavo, boards. First edition. "Told from multiple perspectives, including sections of first-person narration from the point of view of a sociopathic bull terrier, BAXTER: A NOVEL OF INHUMAN EVIL is a powerful portrait of dysfunctional middle class America. Husbands and wives, as well as parents and children, remain locked in cycles of repressed desires and frustrated ambitions, unable to communicate or empathize with one another, alienated by differences in age and gender. After committing two murders that he deems necessary to his survival and well being, Baxter, the title character, finds a kindred spirit in Carl Fine, a thirteen-year old consumed with contempt for his parents and obsessed with Hitler’s final days in the bunker. Boy and dog, however, soon become mired in a brutal contest of wills to determine who is the actual master in their relationship. As Baxter unexpectedly realizes that humans are more complex beings than he originally thought, Carl becomes enthralled by Baxter’s ability to kill in a seemingly completely disinterested manner and suffer no consequences because Baxter is simply a dog. The conclusion of the novel and the revelation of the full extent of Carl’s evil nature is utterly terrifying. A highly original work of horror fiction, BAXTER: A NOVEL OF INHUMAN EVIL has only recently begun to receive the critical acclaim it so richly deserves. Greenhall’s fine novel is the source for Jérôme Boivin’s highly regarded 1989 cult French film, also titled Baxter." - Boyd White. Reginald 25099. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with hint of rubbing to spine ends and corner tips, a few faint scratches and scuffs, and an ink line through the price printed on front flap. (#160579).
"First published in Great Britain 1977" on copyright page.