by Tom LeClair
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Described on the back cover as a “stand-alone novel,” Tom LeClair’s Passing Through completes a trilogy begun with Passing Off (1996) and Passing On (2004). It will doubtless appeal most to readers who come to it with a fondness for the protagonist, the author and sometime hero Michael Keever. They will recall Keever as a former point guard in the Greek Basketball Association and the spoiler of an eco-terrorist plot—a plot Passing On revealed to be a fabrication ghostwritten by Keever’s increasingly disgruntled wife.
As Passing Through opens, a lawsuit has destroyed Terminal Tours—Keever’s Passing On business of taking the dying on last-request trips—and also his marriage. He has parlayed his first two books into gigs with Hell—a magazine that pays him to “suffer in some shithole,” then return and write it
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