In the main vein of Thomas Ripley, Holden Caulfield, and Patrick Bateman, Dennison Rey's anti-hero Terry Taft may very well be one-part narcissistic and one-part misanthropic, but he remains all parts in between. Taft's semi-stream-of-consciousness foray toward the brink of self-discovery is littered with questions and concerns. And sure, maybe even a corpse or two. Along the way he continually contemplates his sanity, morality, and sexuality, all the while wondering whether he's ''rmal.'' He fuels his perversions through meaningless relationships with women and unfulfilling connections with men, and eventually discovers that when he plays with himself, someone may be playing with him.