One of the weirdest books I have ever read. I picked this up because of the author. Full of gratuitous sex and violence, no really. Is it a horror novel or historical fiction? It can't seem to decide. I was reviled and fascinated at the same time. I like it's prurient sado-erotic aspects more than the actual novel but in the end it was too much of a mess to rate it very high.I thought Codrescu could write better than this, but I guess he should stick to short pieces.