David Gordon’s 2010 debut novel The Serialist danced across genre lines with wanton abandon. Praised as “a killer debut” (Los Angeles Times), “a tour de force” (Kirkus), and “among the most unusual and appealing of this year’s debut thrillers” (Booklist), it went on to win the prestigious Cabell First Novel Prize, be named a finalist for the Edgar Award, and sweep all three major awards for foreign crime fiction in Japan (where the major motion picture adaptation premieres this month).
Now Gordon returns with his highly anticipated follow-up: MYSTERY GIRL: A Novel, a darkly comic literary thriller that combines razor-sharp satire, brilliant plot twists, and a loving homage to all things dark and weird.
Sam Kornberg is a failed experimental novelist with a collapsing marriage living in L.A. Desperate for work (or more accurately, desperate for a job to tell his wife about), he answers an ad from a portly (ok, obese), housebound private detective named Solar Lonsky, a man as brilliant and charismatic as he is (possibly) insane. Sam’s assignment to track a mysterious woman is the trigger for a tense, smart, and often screamingly funny story involving sexy doppelgangers, insane asylums, south-of-the-border shootouts, mistaken identities, video-store-geekery, and the death of the novel.
MYSTERY GIRL is both an entertaining thriller and a cunning inquiry into art, style, and deception, a dark and loving homage to the era of pulp that summons Proust and Chandler in equal measures.
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