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The Feral Detective

The Feral Detective

Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn combines a vision of California that is at once scruffy and magnificent in a new work that emerges as a transporting, comic, and absolutely unforgettable.

Available for pre-order internationally. Ships upon its international release date of 27 Aug 2019.

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ISBN 9780062859075
Barcode 9780062859075
Release Date 27 August 2019 by Ecco Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Lethem, Jonathan
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ISBN-13 9780062859075
ISBN-10 0062859072
Stock Release date is 27 August 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 27 Aug 2019
Publisher Ecco Press
Imprint Ecco Press
Release Date 27 August 2019
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Lethem, Jonathan
Category Modern Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 295g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Los Angeles (Calif.), Missing persons, Interpersonal relations, Deserts, Private investigators
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 985167

Description of this Book

Jonathan Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn One of America's greatest storytellers. --Washington Post Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She's looking for her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble--caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe's trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous. . . . Jonathan Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, The Feral Detective is a singular achievement by one of our greatest writers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Surrealistic, genre-bending. . . . The personal nature of Phoebe's tectonic shift in the desert is palpable, made flesh by Lethem's linguistic alchemy. . . . A haunting tour of the gulf between the privileged and the dispossessed. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) A funny but rage-fueled stunner. . . . Both [characters] are compelling, as are the desert setting and the vividly realized descriptions of its dwellers. . . . An unrelentingly paced tale. . . . Utterly unique and absolutely worthwhile. --Booklist (starred review) I want to read a shelf of Heist. I want to make him my new Travis McGee, and that's, seriously, the highest praise I know. --Joshua Cohen Wild, urgent, and very funny. As always, Lethem writes knowingly and brilliantly about weird, off-the-grid, wayward America. In his ever-more-electric prose, he illuminates both the barbarity and the beauty. --Dana Spiotta Like The Crying of Lot 49 as written and directed by Elaine May, The Feral Detective is hilarious and terrifying and wrenching. Phoebe is one of the grandest, funniest heroes I've come upon in a long time. --Megan Abbott The Feral Detective investigates our haunted America in all its contemporary guises -- at the edge of the city, beyond the blank desert, in the apartment next door. It's a nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem's trademark verve and wit. --Colson Whitehead Lethem [is] a master of the genre-bending detective novel and eccentric characters. --Huffington Post Being a Jonathan Lethem novel, natural, The Feral Detective has plenty to say about American society along the way. --Newsday A highbrow mystery. . . . Fans of Motherless Brooklyn take note. --Washington Post

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Author's Bio

Jonathan Lethem is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. He currently teaches creative writing at Pomona College in California.

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