KDL Recommends > Staff Picks > July 2008
The Delivery Man: A Novel
Title: The Delivery Man: A Novel
Author: Joe McGinniss Jr.
Returning to Las Vegas after attending college in New York, Chase and his childhood friend, Michele, a Salvadoran immigrant, are drawn into the lucrative but perilous world of a teenage call-girl service, coming face to face with the violence, emptiness, and lust of the city and their generation.
The Delivery Man is an exhilarating debut—a fast, frightening, and eye-opening portrait of today’s lost generation. It is a love story set against the surreal excess of Las Vegas—and the artificial suburbs, gated communities, and freeways that surround it—where broken lives come to seek new beginnings and casinos feed the lust of tourists and residents alike. Ultrasophisticated local kids grow up fast and burn out early. After attending college in New York, Chase returns to Vegas and is drawn into the lucrative but dangerous world of a teenage call-girl service with his childhood friend Michele, a beautiful Salvadoran immigrant with whom he shares a tragic past. Over the course of one extraordinary summer they will confront the violence and emptiness at the heart of the city and their generation. At once stark and electrically atmospheric, horrifying and hopeful, The Delivery Man is a powerful indictment of a society in which personal responsibility has been abandoned, lust is increasingly mistaken for love, and innocence is an anachronism.