On Sale: October 28, 2012
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Distraught after his domineering wife, Shelley, leaves him
for her best friend, Jason Harford meets an unnerving
stranger in a bar who offers to ink him a tattoo. Only after
a long, bloody ordeal does Jason realize what the reader
knew from the beginning: that the griffin tattooed on his
arm is terrifyingly alive and getting rid of it could prove
utterly hellish. Until then, the hero of Grintalisís
disappointing debut remains, all too conveniently for the
plot, passive and oblivious to his problems. The stock
characters otherwise populating the novel include, in
addition to the shrewish Shelley, Jasonís sexist best
friend, Brian; his strong, kind father; and his beautiful,
understanding new girlfriend, Mitch. The pace picks up near
the end, only for Jasonís long-delayed transformation into
alpha male to occur in unintentionally hilarious fashion,
undermining any sense of gravitas before the gruesome, lurid
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