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What Lies Within Us

The Forty-Year Search for a Twelve-Year-Old Bully
  • By Allen Kurzweil
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Equal parts investigative memoir, crime procedural, and revenge thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles the author's real-life search for the childhood nemesis who has haunted his life for over forty years.

Abused as a ten-year-old at a prestigious English boarding school nestled in the Swiss Alps, Allen Kurzweil, author of the acclaimed bestseller A Case of Curiosities, takes the reader around the world--from the Vienna Woods to the slums of Manila to the boardroom of the world's largest law firm high above New York City--to locate and confront his long-lost tormentor, a twelve-year-old named Cesar Augustus (who tied him up and whipped him to the strains of "Jesus Christ Superstar").

What begins as an anxiety-fueled quest for revenge takes an elaborate detour when the author discovers that Cesar has recently been released from federal prison for his role in a byzantine scheme perpetrated by a felonious duke, a Congolese king, a fugitive prince who traces his roots back to Vlad the Impaler, and a spats-wearing baron born in Toledo, Ohio.

You can't make this stuff up (unless you're a world-class swindler). By chance, Kurzweil finds himself privy to the voluminous files of the federal prosecutor who brought Cesar to justice, and a journalist's curiosity clashes with a victim's fear of facing down his old nemesis.

A scrupulously researched work of non-fiction that reads like a John Le Carre novel, Whipping Boy is more than a tale of karmic retribution. It is a heartfelt and darkly comic meditation on forgetfulness and memory, trauma and recovery, born of suffering and nourished by obsession, and resolved in a final act of courage.

Whipping Boy includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs and 91 images throughout.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780062269485
    • Manufacturer: Harpercollins
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780062269485
    • Publication Date: 01/01/2015
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Allen Kurzweil
    • Page Count: 320
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