By Don Winslow
Neal Carey has to maintain the mob, the FBI, and an important tv character from killing his most recent client-- yet he's tempted to do the activity himself.
Sometime pupil and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey could otherwise be completing a lifeless doctoral thesis than staring down the nostril of a loaded gun-- yet his new task doesn't sound harmful. All he's bought to do is pull off the final word makeover: flip Polly Paget-- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haried broad-- right into a excellent woman in time to testify in a rape case opposed to Jack Landis, head of the kinfolk Cable community and America's such a lot cherished kinfolk guy. yet Polly isn't cooperating, and everyone-- together with a former FBI agent, and an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters-- is on her path turning Neal's "simple" project right into a lethal online game of duck-duck-goose.
In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the brilliant lighting of Las Vegas, and at last to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily outfitted amusment park, Neal attempts to flee the mob's gigantic weapons whereas taking a slippery stroll up the world's largest water slide.
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It also explains why, in Babylonian belief, men live on after death as spirits or shades in the Netherworld - as famously reported in Enkidu's dream of the Netherworld in Tablet VII and in the Sumerian poem of Bilgames and the Netherworld. But the trouble was that the god who was executed to provide the blood was not the best material. In one tradition, at least, he was the leader of the rebels, who had instigated a mutiny. Small wonder, then, that mankind could be wayward. Uta-napishti tells his wife in Tablet XI, 'Man is deceitful, he will deceive you', and Gilgamesh duly confirms this unpalatable aspect of human nature by lying to him.
The poet makes it clear right at the beginning that we should expect this: He who saw the Deep, the country's foundation, [who] knew ... , was wise in all matters ... and [learnt] of everything the sum of wisdom. The change wrought in Gilgamesh occurs only after a long history of heroic misdemeanours. At first he does everything wrong. He is king but he does not behave like a king. In Babylonian ideology, as throughout the ancient Near East, the king should be to his people as a shepherd to his sheep, guiding them, protecting them and ruling them with a just and equitable hand.
His enduring achievement was to rebuild the wall of Uruk on its antediluvian foundations, and his military prowess ended the hegemony of the northern city-state of Kish. He appears as a god in early lists of deities and in the later third millennium he benefited from a cult. Later tradition made it his function, as explained in one of the Sumerian poems, to govern the shades of the dead in the Netherworld. Because we have actual records from kings whom the ancients held to be his contemporaries, it is possible that, as perhaps there was once a real King Arthur, so there was once an actual King Gilgamesh.
A Long Walk Up the Water Slide by Don Winslow