Conrad's been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an Oakland urologist. Maybe falling in love with her a little at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, Conrad finds himself caught between the boys from the Inquisitor's Office and gangsters who operate out of the backroom of the "Fickle Muse".
The first novel by Jonathan Lethem is a hard-boiled, noir mystery, a dark and funny post-modern romp serving further evidence that Lethem is the distinctive voice of a new generation. Conrad Metcalf has problems. He has a monkey on his back, a rabbit in his waiting-room, and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. (Maybe evolution therapy is not such a good idea). He's been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an Oakland urologist. Maybe falling in love with her a little at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, Metcalf finds himself caught in a crossfire between the boys from the inquisitor's Office and gangsters who operate out of the back room of the Fickle Muse.
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Jonathan Lethem is the author of As She Climbed Across the Table, Amnesia Moon, and Motherless Brooklyn. He has been listed by Newsweek as one of their '100 People for the New Century'. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
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