Daemon in the Tenderloin Phil Semler

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Daemon in the Tenderloin  by  Phil Semler

Daemon in the Tenderloin by Phil Semler
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When fifty-six year-old white Asiaphile Philip Beckett, a private dick in San Francisco’s rough Tenderloin district, takes on a case at Christmas time to search for Ellie Templeton, a 14-year-old runaway girl from idyllic Chico, who may already beMoreWhen fifty-six year-old white Asiaphile Philip Beckett, a private dick in San Francisco’s rough Tenderloin district, takes on a case at Christmas time to search for Ellie Templeton, a 14-year-old runaway girl from idyllic Chico, who may already be working as a prostitute, he’s sucked into a world of perversion, cruelty, and violence.The gritty downtown Tenderloin—thirty blocks of resident-hotels, alcoholics, homeless, junkies, male and female prostitutes, and hoards of the mentally disturbed—is filled with criminals waiting to prey on any tourists and Christmas shoppers who dare wander just a few blocks from upscale Union Square or the nearby Hilton.

Also in the “TL,” live thousands of hopeful immigrant families with their children, hardworking folks, retirees, survivors, community organizations, Glide Memorial Church, cheap ethnic food, and now even a few hipster clubs.Beckett is philosophical, brooding, looking for release from his tortured thoughts by meditation, and eating fiery Thai food at the Thai Me Up restaurant.

Haunted by childhood memories of sexual abuse by his mother, Beckett is a survivor himself. He’s haunted by the many voices in his head. Like his hero, the Greek philosopher Socrates, Beckett believes he hears daemon voices. Daemons, according to Socrates, are the divine voices he hears, which can deter him from what he’s about to do.

Beckett must always listen to the voices—his strength and weakness—but which at any moment threaten his sanity.Beckett’s long-suffering girlfriend, Maggie Chang, who runs the No Exit, a small cutting-edge theatre in the Tenderloin, wants them to go to Thailand for a vacation after the Christmas holidays to rekindle their relationship.During the holidays, Beckett has a couple of gigs as Santa at Glide, plans on distributing fifty stolen iPods to any “TL” student with a B average or better. First, he must roam the mean streets of the Tenderloin fighting crack dealers, pimps, and finally—powerfully-connected ruthless developers looking to raze the entire neighborhood —trying to find the missing girl—while wrestling with the demons in the Tenderloin and in his own head.



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