Free Live Free
Copyright 1985 by
I first read this in 1987 and most recently in January 2001
Old Benjamin Free's house is soon to be demolished. As a last and
hopeless resort, he advertises free lodgings in return for help in
preserving his home.
Jim Stubb, Madame Serpentina, Ozzie Barnes and Candy Garth
take up the offer. They're small people: liars, fakes criminals and
failures more interested in the free accommodation than some crusade.
But the mysterious Ben Free may have a secret and they get caught up in
the search for something that may have been immensely valuable and for
Ben Free when he goes missing.
Top notch. What a masterpiece! I'd already read some of Wolfe's novels,
in particular "The Shadow of the Torturer", but this was a complete
All of the heroes are flawed but not without hope. The
challenges they take up, the humiliations they endure and the most
unexpected answer they find make this book a fabulous and lyrical work.
Loaded on the 17th February 2001.