Gun, With Occasional Music
Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and... show more
Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. Metcalf has been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an affluent doctor. Perhaps he's falling a little in love with her at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in a crossfire between the boys from the Inquisitor's Office and gangsters who operate out of the back room of a bar called the Fickle Muse. Mixing elements of sci-fi, noir, and mystery, this clever first novel from the author of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, funny, and satiric look at all that the future may hold.
Publish date: September 1st 2003
Publisher: Harvest Books
Pages no: 271
Edition language: English
What a fantastic book. I really picked it up on little more than the title, and the reputation of Mr. Lethem, although I have not read any of his other titles. A long flight from Philadelphia to San Jose, CA gave me a good chance to dive in and I was disappointed that I had to put it down to get off...
Like Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs, this is detective story set in scifi setting with some dystopian flavor (all descendent of Asimov's Baley-Olivaw)--that makes it part of the nerd-boiled sub-genre.I suppose nerd-boiled fiction isn't really for me. It's got some cool ideas (articulate animals & infants,...
I don't know what to make of this book. A quote on the cover compared it to Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler all mashed together, and that is pretty much exactly it. It is a tough guy noir detective story, right down to the inflated metaphor, but it's all done very knowingly. And then there is th...
When down and out private inquisitor Conrad Metcalf's last client turns up dead, Metcalf takes up the case to find out who killed him. Can he find the killer before he runs out of karma and winds up in the deep freeze?If Raymond Chandler and Philip K. Dick spent an evening together doing hard drugs...
Raymond Chandler meets Harlan Ellison. I'm a fan of both, so this was a fun read for me.