- The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
Infobox Book |
name = The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
image_caption = Cover of American paperback (Perennial)
author = Christopher Moore
language = English
release_date = 1999
isbn = ISBN 0-06-059027-0
Island of the Sequined Love Nun
"The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove" is the fifth
novelby author Christopher Moore, published in 1999. It is set in the same fictional town of Pine Cove, California, as his first novel, " Practical Demonkeeping", and also brings back a few of the same characters.
Pine Cove suffers a major crisis when the town psychiatrist, Val Riordan — who has been haphazardly issuing prescriptions instead of dealing with the real mental problems of her patients — suffers a sudden bout of guilt and substitutes all of her patients'
anti-depressants with placebos. At this same time, by coincidence, human-generated environmental activity stirs a prehistoric sea-beast from its underwater keep to come ashore.
In addition to its ability to change form, the beast exudes a
pheremonethat inspires uncontrollable lust among the residents of Pine Cove and also lures some of them as prey. After mistakenly trying to mate with a fuel truck (causing an explosion), the beast hides in a trailer park, attracting the curiosity of local crazy lady and former B-movie star Molly Michon, who builds a rapport with the injured beast.
Meanwhile, Theo Crowe, the town constable, investigates a strange suicide, the activities of his corrupt boss, and his adversely affected marijuana habit. When the beast (whom Molly has named "Steve") starts eating residents of Pine Cove and interfering with Theo's boss's
methbusiness, Theo and Molly (who has become romantically involved with the beast) band together to make possible the beast's safe escape and to take down the boss at the same time.
* [http://chrismoore.com/bookpage.asp?PB_ISBN=0060735457 "Lust Lizard" page at the author's website]
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