Richard Neely’s The Plastic Nightmare explores a psychological depth and depravity seldom found in noir fiction. Called the
de Sade of the genre by Ed Gorman, Neely’s haunting foray into the politics of memories, madness and identity, is surely one of the last great noir thrillers, but also informed by a fresh, 1960s perspective (the novel was originally published in 1969).
Now it is given a beautiful hardcover treatment, the first time ever in the United States, with a handsome cloth reminiscent of bandages. With a new introduction by Ed Gorman and a long, previously out of print interview with Neely, this is a new, definitive edition.
Interior artwork by Don Brautigam. Also includes a reproduction of the first edition Ace paperback cover art.