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Science fiction noir, which includes a kangaroo as one of the bad guys,and a sheep as the maid. Of course, these characters act and talk like humans, making for a wry, satirical novel. Lethem always stretches the boundaries between genres, and Gun, with Occasional Music, his first novel, does that in an extreme way. Hilarious and enjoyable, it's an old-fashioned crime story told from the unknown future's perspective.
Recommended by Brodie, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Lethem's invocation of Chandler often wears a bit thin....Still this colorful first novel is a fast and lively read, full of humorous visions and outlandish predicaments." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A first novel whose mix of genres and voices comically focuses a nightmare hash of yesterday, today, and tomorrow." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Lethem's first novel is a sparkling pastiche....[S]martly delivered first-person narration and crackling dialogue....An outstanding debut for a welcome new voice in both sf and mysteries." Carl Hays, Booklist

Review:

"Spare prose and tight plotting create a taut sf thriller that should appeal to both sf and mystery fans." Library Journal

Review:

"Marvelous...Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous, and highly readable entertainment." San Francisco Examiner

Review:

"Lethem has talent to burn." The Village Voice Literary Supplement

Synopsis:

From the celebrated author of Motherless Brooklyn,

a wry, satiric parable of a hardboiled man out of time

Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-not the least of which are the

rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail.

Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function

as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and

mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this

brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor,

perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the

doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the

crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny-and not so funny.

"Marvelous . . . Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous, and highly

readable entertainment."-SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

"Lethem has talent to burn."-THE VILLAGE VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

AUTHOR OF THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Motherless Brooklyn

and The Fortress of Solitude. He lives in New York City.

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem is the author of seven novels, including National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude. He lives in New York City.

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katatrina, August 13, 2007 (view all comments by katatrina)
This book is a fun escape from whatever real life you're living, although you might find that it hits a little close to home. Written with humor, wit, and intrigue, this book is one that I'll read more than once.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156028974
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
Lethem, Jonathan
Location:
Orlando, Fla.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Oakland
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Private investigators - California -
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
[60]
Publication Date:
September 1, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.59 lb

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Product details 288 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156028974 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Science fiction noir, which includes a kangaroo as one of the bad guys,and a sheep as the maid. Of course, these characters act and talk like humans, making for a wry, satirical novel. Lethem always stretches the boundaries between genres, and Gun, with Occasional Music, his first novel, does that in an extreme way. Hilarious and enjoyable, it's an old-fashioned crime story told from the unknown future's perspective.

"Review" by , "Lethem's invocation of Chandler often wears a bit thin....Still this colorful first novel is a fast and lively read, full of humorous visions and outlandish predicaments."
"Review" by , "A first novel whose mix of genres and voices comically focuses a nightmare hash of yesterday, today, and tomorrow."
"Review" by , "Lethem's first novel is a sparkling pastiche....[S]martly delivered first-person narration and crackling dialogue....An outstanding debut for a welcome new voice in both sf and mysteries."
"Review" by , "Spare prose and tight plotting create a taut sf thriller that should appeal to both sf and mystery fans."
"Review" by , "Marvelous...Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous, and highly readable entertainment."
"Review" by , "Lethem has talent to burn."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the celebrated author of Motherless Brooklyn,

a wry, satiric parable of a hardboiled man out of time

Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-not the least of which are the

rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail.

Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function

as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and

mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this

brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor,

perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the

doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the

crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny-and not so funny.

"Marvelous . . . Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous, and highly

readable entertainment."-SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

"Lethem has talent to burn."-THE VILLAGE VOICE LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

AUTHOR OF THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including

National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Motherless Brooklyn

and The Fortress of Solitude. He lives in New York City.

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