Monday, December 16, 2013

POLARAMA Makes Year's Ten Best List

Daniel Marois of Huffington Post Quebec calls POLARAMA (the French version of THE SERIALIST) his "discovery of the year." Mille Mercis!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bookpage Names Mystery Girl one of the Year's Top Ten

I'm so happy to announce that Bookpage has selected Mystery Girl as one of the year's Top Ten Mysteries. Thank you kindly for all the support.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

...And A Chinese Serialist Coming Soon!

I am thrilled to announce that esteemed publisher Shanghai 99 will be releasing THE SERIALIST in mainland China!

I can't wait to see the new cover....

Some Kind (French) Words From Up North About POLARAMA...

...I"m grateful to Huffington Post Quebec and Journal de Montreal for their reviews of the French version of my novel THE SERIALIST

Monday, September 2, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In Memory of Elmore Leonard

Here is a short essay I was asked to write in appreciation of Elmore Leonard, one of my lifelong heroes.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Many thanks to bloggers The Best Books Ever, The Picky Girl and Blog Her for their smart and insightful reviews! They are giving away books too, so check it out!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RIP Elmore Leonard, My Hero

I was so enamored with Elmore Leonard that in college, when I was trying to write stories, I named my early protagonists Elmore, Elwood, Elvin and the hero of my first unpublished novels, Elliot, and then finally Leonard (with a nod to Lenny Bruce). I ran out of variations long before I got published but I did finally get to shake the great man's hand and tell him this story and make him laugh. Thanks for giving us all those books and RIP. You did a great job.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Thanks to Unabridged Chick and to Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile!

A big thank you to bloggers Unabridged Chick and Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile for their thoughtful and highly perceptive reviews! I am grateful to find such smart and generous readers.

Monday, July 29, 2013

In The New York Times...

...brilliant jacket designer Lynn Buckley explains how 
she came up with the awesome cover for MYSTERY GIRL and shares some earlier designs. She is the coolest.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What's On Page 69 of MYSTERY GIRL?

Sex, anger and a drunken argument about literature of course.
The Page 69 Test


"Mystery Girl"

David Gordon was born in New York City. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, publishing, and pornography. His first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His work has also appeared in The Paris ReviewPurple, and Fenceamong other publications.

Gordon applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, Mystery Girl, and reported the following:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


“We have here a love story (two, actually), a dark comedy and some darn fine suspense, as well. David Gordon is an astute observer of the Los Angeles scene, a natural storyteller and an all-around funny guy. Mystery Girl deserves to be at the top of your reading list.”
– Bruce Tierney, Bookpage, Top Pick selection

Friday, July 19, 2013

Thanks to the venerable Mysterious Bookshop in New York:

MYSTERY GIRL is the August pick for their Hardboiled Crime Club...

It's an honor to be a member!

Thanks to Bustle for a great interview:


Claire Luchette
7 hours ago

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

If you're in NY, please stop by:

Book Launch: Mystery Girl by David Gordon 

with Rivka Galchen

Thursday Aug 01, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
RSVP appreciated:
Please fill out the “Bookings” form at the bottom of this page.
Drinks will be served.

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.

- See more at:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Polarama is in Vanity Fair France!

Sortez !

L'agenda de votre week-end

par Claire Stevens

À la lecture de Polarama, de David Gordon. Le roman noir le plus décomplexé de 2013 est un savoureux cocktail de décontraction, de loufoquerie et de pop culture à l’américaine. Un antihéros, abonné à la lose, devient le pantin d’un tueur en séries dont il se retrouve forcé d’écrire les mémoires à quelques heures de l’injection létale… Comme si Woody Allen, un jour de grosse fatigue, avait décidé de jouer aux cadavres exquis avec Andy Warhol, James Ellroy, les héros de Twilight et l’immense Shane Stevens, auteur d’Au-delà du Mal

Polarama, de David Gordon (Éditions Actes Sud / Actes noirs). 

Thank you Causeur for the wonderful review!

L'écrivain, le tueur et la lolita

Polarama, premier roman de David Gordon, un polar westlakien

Publié le 07 juillet 2013 à 9:27 dans Culture
Mots-clés :  , 
david gordon polarama,23341

"Polarama," the French edition of The Serialist, is "westlakien..." Yes, that means what you think. And yes I have been smiling all day. High praise indeed.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Good News from France!

Elisabeth Philippe of Inrocks picks my Polarama (The Serialist in French) as her #1 Summer read! 

(Francophones can hear it at about 20:00 here and tell me if it's true or if my smart friend is just protecting my feelings...)

And the bloggers weigh in:–-coup-de-cœur-–

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Here it is!

My first copy of the new book, and she's a beauty!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Free Copies of My New Book on Goodreads!

    Goodreads Book Giveaway

Advance copies of my new book for those who can't wait...or just don't want to pay:
        Mystery Girl by David     Gordon

         Mystery Girl  by David Gordon
         Giveaway ends July 15, 2013.
         See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
         Enter to win

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Serialist is coming out in French!

The Serialist will appear in French in June, as Polarama. I'm thrilled with the beautiful job done by my awesome French publisher Actes Sud.

For more info and orders please look here:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Serialist to begin filming in Japan!

I am thrilled to announce that Toei Studios is preparing to begin production on a film version of The Serialist, starring stage, film, and television actor Takaya Kamikawa.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Coming Soon!

Check out the cover to my new novel. Insides to follow soon from New Harvest...