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Superstar Gilbert Marcus rapes and kills a young woman in a hotel room during the off-season. That's the prologue. MVP is Marcus's life story from conception to his act of incredible violence. Raised an only child -- the son of a difficult and demanding father -- Gilbert Marcus, a basketball player with extraordinary skill, is expected to be the greatest. His life is one of both excessive privilege and immutable obligation. He becomes a monster. James Boice is a startling and exciting new voice in fiction, and MVP is his ambitious and fascinating debut.

About The Author

Michael Turek

James Boice was born in California in 1982, raised in northern Virginia, and currently lives near Boston. He is the author of MVP and Who Killed The Fonz?

Product Details

  • Publisher: Scribner (May 8, 2007)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743292993

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Raves and Reviews

"Boice's prose grabs you and never lets go....MVP is the start of something big."

-- Orlando Sentinel

"A fantastic, chilling portrait of a vain pro athlete."

-- Chicago Tribune

"An incredible novel."

-- Sherman Alexie, author of Flight

"[James Boice] masterfully employs a style all his own."

-- Boston Magazine

"A frightening trip through the misogynistic, homophobic mind of a professional athlete. A-"

-- Entertainment Weekly

"There's a jittery brilliance...[James Boice] has considerable stylistic flair."

-- Kirkus Reviews

"Dark, sordid, creepy and not exactly beach reading, but good luck putting it down."

-- ESPN Magazine

"I am unable to compare MVP with any other works of literature, simply because I've never read any other books that are remotely like this. It's an astounding synthesis of reality, imagination, and psychological clarity. James Boice is going to crush the world."

-- Chuck Klosterman

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