The Feral Detective

The Feral Detective

Book - 2018
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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 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 ...
Publisher: London :, Atlantic Books,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018.
ISBN: 9781786497499
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jan 07, 2019

The first three chapters were unintelligible and there could not have been an editor involved. One word sentences-too much like a movie script than a novel.

Jan 01, 2019

Quirky, albeit entertaining! I found this mystery detective story / rescue mission took bends in the road up a mountain to hidden cult followers. Hidden is the operative word. The teenager gone missing was hidden among a strange group. Heist is living with a hidden past. All searching for a hidden part of themselves. Raw, funny writing. "They put her in a feather crown....with necklace of claws across her breasts. The ornaments were maybe nothing more than chicken feet salvaged from a barbecue picnic, but the effect was ominous as sh%#t."

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 22, 2018

It seems Lethem is giving up on America for now, disgusted by our deep societal divisions and shallow responses. So the parts of the book that refer to contemporary politics let me cold. However, the writing, the mystery, the characters, and the love story are great!

Skip this one.

Dec 02, 2018

Did not finish. Poorly written.

Nicr Oct 01, 2018

Funny, apocalyptic, brutally violent--our surreal American moment.

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