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Noir: A Novel
 
 
Author
Robert Coover.
Publisher Overlook  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781590202944
Pages/Publication Date 192/2010
Daedalus Item Code 22298
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Postmodern novelist Robert Coover turns the classic detective story inside out with this wry, absurd, and desolate page-turner. You are Philip M. Noir, Private Investigator. A mysterious young widow hires you to find her husband's killer—if he was killed. Then your client is killed and her body disappears—if she was your client. Your search for clues takes you through all levels of the city, from classy lounges to lowlife dives, from jazz bars to the bedroom of a rich sex kitten—and to the morgue. "The Case of the Vanishing Black Widow" unfolds over five days aboveground and three or four in smugglers' tunnels, though flashback and anecdote, and expands time into something much larger.

"Metafiction lustily mates with hard-boiled mystery in this hilarious homage to Raymond Chandler and company. A sexy widow with plenty to hide hires private eye Philip M. Noir to look into her husband's mysterious death. Noir slips on his gumshoes and lacy underwear and hits the mean streets, where he encounters the Creep, Fingers, Rats, Snark, and an elusive fat man named Fat Agnes. He even meets people who live in a different world. It was called daytime. Prolific postmodernist Coover adds his dazzling two bits to the deconstructionist turf Paul Auster prowled in the New York Trilogy. There's a mystery here, but you're a street dick, not a metaphysician, the second-person narrative explains. Like Thomas Pynchon in 2009's Inherent Vice, Coover pops off laughs on every page: 'Her brother is in it somewhere and he is said also to be wearing women's underpants and a bra.... Is he your double? No, you don't have a bra.' And don't forget, Chandler was really funny, too."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
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