Are Snakes Necessary? (Hardcover)

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"It's like having a new Brian De Palma picture." - Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning director


When the beautiful young videographer offered to join his campaign, Senator Lee Rogers should've known better. But saying no would have taken a stronger man than Rogers, with his ailing wife and his robust libido. Enter Barton Brock, the senator's fixer. He's already gotten rid of one troublesome young woman -- how hard could this new one turn out to be?

Pursued from Washington D.C. to the streets of Paris, 18-year-old Fanny Cours knows her reputation and budding career are on the line. But what she doesn't realize is that her life might be as well...

About the Author

BRIAN DE PALMA is the world-famous director of more than thirty films, including Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables, Dressed to Kill, Body Double, Blow Out, and the original Mission: Impossible. The subject of the 2015 documentary De Palma, he is considered one of the most accomplished filmmakers of the last fifty years, a peer to directors such as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and Martin Scorsese and an inspiration to next-generation directors such as Quentin Tarantino.

SUSAN LEHMAN is a former editor of the New York Times and author whose writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The New Yorker, and Spy magazine. An attorney by training, she also served as communications director at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Praise For…

“It’s like having a new Brian De Palma picture.” – Martin Scorsese, Academy Award-winning director

“Brilliant, lurid, twisty fun…compulsively readable and fiendishly constructed.” – David Koepp, screenwriter of Jurassic Park

“One of the world's greatest filmmakers has helped produce a fast-moving page turner, breathlessly paced…irresistible for any De Palma fan." – Bret Easton Ellis, author of American Psycho

"Deliciously deceptive....right at home in a De Palma movie (something in the mode of Dressed to Kill or Body Double)...a wonderful, immensely satisfying thriller." -- Booklist Starred Review

"A pastiche of hard-boiled crime fiction that doesn’t scrimp on the lurid pleasures of the genre."  - The Washington Post

"This is De Palma echoing Hitchcock yet again, just as he’s done so many times on screen." - Mystery Tribune 

"A doozy...With this inventive, fast-paced page turner in your hands you will also be meeting your next fun and exciting read." - Cinema Retro

"A good read for an airplane ride or your first day on the beach." - Bookgasm

"a high-octane political thriller...Fans of De Palma’s movies know what to expect: suspense, thrills, and a surprising conclusion!"- George Kelley blog review

“moves like a shot” - 

“Combines conspiracy and political intrigue with Hollywood hubris... acolytes of De Palma’s work would be remiss not to add a copy of Are Snakes Necessary? to their pulp fiction libraries” - Adventures in Poor Taste 

"239 pages of sick — and welcome — escapism." - Head Butler

"This naughty pulp cocktail goes down deliciously easy." - Slant Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781789091205
ISBN-10: 1789091209
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Publication Date: March 17th, 2020
Pages: 224