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From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.
Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel's colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim's widow skips town. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.
BONUS MATERIAL: This edition includes an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem's Dissident Gardens.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Great murder mystery with a film noir feel, but told from a different angle. It's interesting to get in the mind of a main character with Tourette's syndrome. Great book
A 21st Century Noir
Lethem provides a fresh take on mystery genre. He has a book that is more Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as opposed to James Patterson, and that's what I liked about it so much. It has a classic feel about it when you read it. I defy anyone to read this novel and not think about some of the classic film noir of the 40s and 50s where the protagonist had his own code of honor, carried a gat in his hand, a flask of whiskey in his inside pocket, and referred to women as dames.
Great book, great writing, and enjoyable all around!...EAF