Sanity's Flaw: And Afterwards They Will Explode

As of today, Sanity’s Flaw is one month old.

Cue applause and cake.

While it’s certainly no Fifty Shades of Grey (not enough S&M I suppose), sales have been a bit better than I expected, and the book managed to hover around 30,000 in the rankings for a few days before dropping.

In terms of marketing, I’ve allotted a permanent space at the ride-hand side of this page for a cover image linked directly to the Amazon product page, have tweeted immensely, and bugged friends, groups and networks on Facebook for the little that accomplishes. I also plan on creating a video trailer in the near future to liven the product page, though I promised my wife I would wait to see the initial reactions to the text itself.

Well, one month in and, aside from many verbal appraisals, there are currently only two legitimate reviews (and four “likes,” however those help), though I use the word “legitimate” loosely. To be fair, while these are supposedly honest reviews, they are from my wife and trustee, so take them with a grain of salt. Both gave four-star reviews:

"Sanity's Flaw is a captivating thriller; a modern day Silence of the Lambs in my opinion. Set in the vivid city of New York, while the book focuses on Detective Procyk, who is thrown into a random case of gruesome murders. The killer, who is actually the narrator of this book, trusts he was saving the lives of his victims rather than taking them. As he goes on to explain this in his written testament it seems that these young women may not have been the marks all along. One killer's sins against one detective's "virtues;" both are brought to light in this page turner. I had to rate this 4 stars only because the dialogue is tricky; already written for the big screen the conversation leads to desired visual images. I feel great things are just beginning for this up and coming author. I will stay tuned and I'm looking forward to his next book, The Nobodies."

"Love this mystery book. I could not put it down. Its very interesting that its told from the killers point of view"

I would like to point out that my wife, who wrote the latter review, absolutely detests writing and thus balked at Amazon’s 20 word minimum. However, what she didn’t add, but told me separately, was that, while she enjoyed the book and its storyline, she thought it was far too… vulgar.

This from the woman who reads things like the aforementioned Fifty Shades series. In which people are tied up. And beaten. For sexual pleasure. While boasting a product note that it “contains graphic adult content.”

But my book is vulgar.

In my defense, what I attempted with Sanity’s Flaw was to write using the most natural dialogue possible, including cropped and incomplete sentences, swears, pauses, unneeded agreements, etc. And people swear in real life. A lot. Just the other day, in casual conversation between my friend and I, we must have dropped thirty or forty F bombs between the two of us in a matter of hours. And that’s without drinking a single drop of alcohol. Let's face it, guys like to use the word fuck.

I am sorry if we don’t typically use words like “mound,” “mount” or “shaft.”

I’m not really. Still, in honor of her review, and to celebrate Sanity’s Flaw’s one month, I’d like to share a few statistics regarding some of the book’s more colorful language. Please enjoy.

  • Fuck: Used 394 times, including variants such as Fucks, Fucking, Fucked, Fuckball, Fuckiest and Fucker. (Note: This is four less than used in the film Casino. And not extremely out of the ordinary.)
  • God: Used 102 times, most of which are also used with
  • Damn: Used 77 times. See what I did there?
  • Hell: Used 63 times and probably the least-likely to offend.
  • Ass: Used 33 times, including some fabulous use of “asshole.”
  • Bitch: Used 15 times. Only nine examples of which are in reference to women. I’m an equal opportunity writer.
  • Dick: Used 6 times. You’d be surprised at how little men like to refer to others as penises.
  • Faggot: Used twice. I don’t like this word, and it’s not used either time by a protagonist, but people do use it, especially back in the nineties.
  • Cocksucker: Use only once. Because there’s only so much room for it.
  • Cunt: Not used at all. See? I’m not as vulgar as you’d think.