The Avenue of the Giants

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Avenue of the Giants follows Al Kenner as he progresses from antisocial adolescent to full-fledged serial killer in the turbulent ?60s and ?70s. A giant at over 7 feet tall with an IQ higher than Einstein’s, Al was never ordinary. His life is tainted by his parents’ divorce and his mother’s abusive behavior, and it takes a chilling turn on the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Al spends 5 years in a psychiatric hospital, and although he convinces the staff that he is of sound mind, he continues to harbor vicious impulses. Al leads a double life, befriending the Santa Cruz Police Chief and contemplating marrying his daughter, all the while committing a series of brutal murders. Delving into the mind of this complex killer, Marc Dugain powerfully evokes an America torn between the pacifism of the hippie movement and the violence of Vietnam.

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Dugain (The Officers' Ward) pens a tale of a serial killer that's curiously short on murder. Based on the life of actual serial killer Edmund Kemper, the story of Al certainly begins violently, with his murder of both of his paternal grandparents on the day J.F.K. is shot. At age 15, Al is sent to California's Atascadero state psychiatric hospital, where discussions with his shrink reveal classic sociopath traits. Al is more intelligent than Einstein, but was reviled and abused by his mother. As a child, he killed family cats, and he has sexual fantasies about decapitating women. Despite this, he's eventually released and moves to Santa Cruz, where his record is eventually expunged. Al begins giving rides to hitchhiking coeds and even befriends the head of the local homicide squad. Al has trouble with ";bad thoughts,"; but it isn't until the dramatic conclusion that the reader learns the extent of Al's depravity. (June)

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