Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk [FIRST EDITION] 2002
Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
FIRST EDITION  DOUBLEDAY
3rd printing. Hardcover with dust jacket in very good condition.
Very nice unclipped dust jacket w/ some light shelf wear; housed in protective mylar.
Book is very good; some shelf wear / scuffing to boards. Small spot stain to top of text block [see last photo] -- Reads like new. Trace tanning.
Carl Streator is a reporter investigating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for a soft-news feature. After responding to several calls with paramedics, he notices that all the dead children were read the same poem from the same library book the night before they died. It's a 'culling song' - an ancient African spell for euthanising sick or old people. Researching it, he meets a woman who killed her own child with it accidentally. He himself accidentally killed his own wife and child with the same poem twenty years earlier. Together, the man and the woman must find and destroy all copies of this book, and try not to kill every rude sonofabitch that gets in their way. Lullaby is a comedy/drama/tragedy. In that order. It may also be Chuck Palahniuk's best book yet.