Inspired by the true story of California 'Coed Killer' Edmund Kemper, Avenue of the Giants follows Al Kenner as he progresses from antisocial adolescent to full-fledged serial killer in the turbulent '60s and '70s. A giant at over seven feet tall with an IQ higher than Einstein's, Al was never ordinary. His life is tainted by his parents' divorce and his mother's abusive behaviour. Delving into the mind of this complex killer, Marc Dugain powerfully evokes an America torn between the pacifism of the hippie and the violence of Vietnam.
Born in Senegal in 1957, Marc Dugain is the author of numerous successful novels. His novel The Officers Ward (2001, Soho Press) recounts his grandfather s experiences in World War I and was made into a 2001 film of the same name.