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Tucson Weekly: Blue Print (February 11

Danny Vinik's new novel, "Blue Paige," is like a Russ Meyer movie set in print-fun, randy, over-the-top, and a little bit rough around the edges.

By Stacey Richter Blue Paige, by Danny Vinik (Gutter Press).DANNY VINIK'S NEW novel, Blue Paige, is like a Russ Meyer movie set in print--fun, randy, over-the-top, and a little bit rough around the edges.These folks are bad news, but then everybody is bad news in Blue Paige, a novel where characters eat chocolate cake soaked in blood and have casual sex in laundromats between the wash and spin cycles.Blue Paige can be bleak, but it's funny too, and playful.

Blue Paige sometimes flounders when the plot runs thin, but Vinik always manages to catch himself by introducing some strange and disturbing tidbit--a buried motorcycle, for example, or Cortes showing up in a big American car.A gang of lesbian bikers, a self-destructive porn star, a street hustler poet, and a brilliant map-maker join forces in this breezy tale of connections attempted but never quite made.

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