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Body Rides is a novel by Richard Laymon first published in 1996.


Returning a rented video one night Neal hears a scream. Ever since the LA riots he has carried a pistol in his car and now he shoots a man about to kill a young woman. The pair of them flee the scene and Elise insists on giving Neal a reward for saving her life. The reward is a bracelet in the shape of a coiled snake with emerald eyes - a magic bracelet that enables him to step inside other people, to see through their eyes and experience their feelings. To take "body rides". Neal accepts the gift and revisits the scene of the shooting to check on the maniac who tried to kill Elise. But the maniac is not dead - he's alive and breathing vengeance. First he's going to finish the job on Elise, then he's going to butcher Neal. But this time Neal has the bracelet and, when he's not taking body rides with beautiful strangers, he's able to step inside his would-be killer's skull...