Neither inner nor outer space, the briarpatch is a fantasy realm mapped on top of everyday reality, a bizarre psychogeography that the elect are able to enter through various rabbit holes that only they can see. Both paradise and the mind of god, it is closely associated with the afterlife, and people are literally dying to get in. In this they are assisted by one Ismael Plenty, the deathless leader of a suicide cult. The complex plot involves a bunch of oddballs (some dead, some alive, some immortal), and a killer car. A strange and lively book that neatly sidesteps genre clichés and introduces readers to some truly memorable characters.