Nersesian is the author of some highly acclaimed, albeit, quirky
literary novels. His credits include debut novel, The Fuck Up, Dogrun, Manhattan Loverboy and Chinese
Take-Out. Though I have
not yet read any of the above-mentioned titles, after reading the
impossible-to-put-down Suicide Casanova, I anxiously look forward to owning a complete collection of
In Suicide Casanova, Nersesian takes readers down quite a road. We get more than
just a glimpse into the souls of men, we are forced to stare into
the eyes of the soul for 377 turbulent pages…which, translated,
equates to a long, hard unblinking gawk into an unrecognizable
darkness that just might be our very own unrecognizable reflection.
Talk about stirring.
Told in patches of flashbacks, we get
to meet our main character, Leslie, a wealthy, high-powered
attorney. His wife, Cece, has just died. Though it wasn't murder, he
is somewhat responsible for the strangulation that killed her.
Cleared of any foul play, Leslie is forced to meet with a
psychiatrist. Thankfully not through patient - doctor sessions, we
get to see what led to Cece's demise, as well as Leslie's fall
from--well, it was never graceful--his fall from, let's say, Mount
How to explain the plot … Sky is a porn star. Once
Leslie sees her films he falls in love with who she is. It becomes
his life long obsession to meet her. Once he tracks her down, the
unthinkable happens. They meet. She is a stripper, a whore, a porn
star--and he loves her. He hates her. They don't so much date, as
become involved as she flip flops from one pimp/agent to the next.
Leslie meets Cece. She is a dominatrix. He thinks Sky is out
of his life for good. But she isn't. Can't be. She is inside of him.
And when Cece finds that he still has a thing for Sky--she leaves
In desperate need of help, Sky finds herself on
Leslie's doorstep. She has hit rock bottom. She is pregnant and
wants to clean her life up. Leslie has a lot of decisions to make.
Eventually, Sky moves on, marries and grows a small family into
When Cece dies, Leslie wants Sky back.
His obsession is powerful enough that he develops an alter ego,
poses as a photographer and tracks down Sky's teenage daughter.
He'll do anything to have Sky want him … anything.
no traditional Romeo & Juliet love story. It is like no love
story I've ever read, which is why it reads fast, deep and intense.
There is even a little legal matter as a side-story line that takes
place in the book--not anything like a John Grisham might write,
Suicide Casanova is dark, disturbing. There
is drug usage, drinking, strip clubs, adult bookstores, heavy
descriptive sex, masturbation, murder, pimping, X-films … it is
filled with everything that I never see or hear of in my everyday
life. Believe it or not, there is a story in the mix of it all. A
sad story. Nersesian makes the reader care about what happens to
these people, sympathize and at times empathize with them. A great
story by a talented writer.
REVIEWED BY PHILLIP TOMASSO
REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, PHILLIP TOMASSO
Tomasso III is the award-winning author of Adverse Impact, Johnny Blade, Third Ring, Tenth House and Mind Play.
He works full time as an employment law paralegal, freelances for a
community newspaper and writes regular book reviews for Futures
Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Best Reviews and Curled Up With A
Good Book. Tomasso also writes middle grade novels under the pen
name, Grant R. Philips. King Gauthier and the Little Dragon Slayer will be released by Port Town
Publishing, September 2003; Sounds of Silence in the Fall of 2004 by Star Bright Books. Living in
Rochester, New York with his wife and three children. Tomasso is
currently at work on his next mystery and middle grade