Boxer, Beetle

by Ned Beauman

Boxer, Beetle

Paperback, 246 pages, Bloomsbury, List Price: $16 | purchase

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Suffering from a rare genetic condition that causes him to smell like a decomposing fish, Kevin Broom hides in his London apartment and runs an online Nazi memorabilia store before stumbling onto a crime scene involving a missing Jewish boxer and a fascist entomologist who wants to breed an indomitable beetle in tribute to Hitler.

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But not all animals have to be lovable to make you yearn for their next appearance. Ned Beauman's amusing and rampageous thriller Boxer, Beetle tells the stories of a present day, dubious-smelling collector of Nazi memorabilia, a 1930s nine-toed gay Jewish boxer, and his aristocratic eugenicist lover who discovers a beetle bearing swastika markings in a cave. The scientist breeds it with jaw-dropping consequences and names the new specimen Anophthalmus hitleri.


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