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dc.contributor.author Darling, Dan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-25T22:08:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-25T22:08:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010-06-25T22:08:18Z
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/10862
dc.description.abstract A novel of fiction. John Stick, along with his two best friends, Spartacus Rex and Leon Flowers, rob a blood bank with the intent to sell the blood in Mexico. On the way, the ice cream truck that they have converted to transport the blood breaks down, and they become stranded in the desert. Stick notices that one of the bags of blood belongs to his ex-girlfriend, Cryopathria Rex, with whom he is still in love. Stick tries to take the blood back to Albuquerque out of guilt. Rex and Flowers stop him. The three men have en escalating feud, which leads to Flowers and Rex tying Stick to a tree and soaking him with several bags of blood and leaving him to die. Flowers and Rex ride south on a team of ostriches that Flowers has stolen from Crazy Patti LeBeau. Stick is rescued by a woman from Mexico named Alma. Together they pursue Flowers and Rex. On the way they encounter an alpaca farm, an Apache policeman named Chuck, the chupacabras, a vengeful Patti LeBeau, before they finally confront Rex in the Rio Grande gorge on the border of Texas and Mexico. The novel explores themes of masculinity, trauma, betrayal, friendship, and the American-Mexican border. It is constructed with particular attention to character construction and imagery. It fits into the broad category of Post-Western literature. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject fiction en_US
dc.subject novel en_US
dc.subject Post-Western literature en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mexican-American Border Region--Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Masculinity--Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Betrayal--Fiction
dc.subject.lcsh Friendship--Fiction
dc.title Blood Heist en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Creative Writing en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Mueller, Daniel
dc.description.committee-member Aleman, Jesse
dc.description.committee-member Shigekuni, Julie
dc.description.committee-member Goldberg, Debra


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