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Fiction. Funny, frantic, and with a subversive intelligence, Aaron Petrovich's Keatonesque heroes, Detectives Smith and Smith, stumble upon a bizarre new religion while tracking a murder victim's stolen organs. Their investigation leads them into a lunatic asylum that they may never leave. Written entirely in dialogue, Petrovich's pitch-perfect language, reminiscent of Beckett, Chandler, and Duras, elevates rapid-fire banter to a transformative musical litany. His characters, however, remain tragically and hysterically human.

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"Samuel Beckett fans might be briefly diverted by Akashic's first title under its Hotel St. George imprint, a novella consisting largely of dialogue between two detectives named Smith. The contentious pair is assigned to solve the murder of a mathematician whose organs have been removed. Over the course of their laconic conversation, they focus their suspicions on a new, possibly cannibalistic cult. Petrovich's execution doesn't quite match the ambition of his concept, while mainstream mystery readers may not appreciate the emphasis on language rather than action. Original monotypes by Vilem Benes add to the surreal mood." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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A stunning debut title from the new imprint, Hotel St. George Press.

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Fiction. Funny, frantic, and with a subversive intelligence, Aaron Petrovich's Keatonesque heroes, Detectives Smith and Smith, stumble upon a bizarre new religion while tracking a murder victim's stolen organs. Their investigation leads them into a lunatic asylum that they may never leave. Written entirely in dialogue, Petrovich's pitch-perfect language, reminiscent of Beckett, Chandler, and Duras, elevates rapid-fire banter to a transformative musical litany. His characters, however, remain tragically and hysterically human.

About the Author

Aaron Petrovich is a writer of fiction and theatre living in Brooklyn. He is a regular contributor to the Exquisite Corpse and an associate editor at Akashic Books. His theatrical works have appeared in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, Improvised and Otherwise, a festival of sound and form, and the Estrogenius Festival.

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Peter Anderson, June 22, 2007 (view all comments by Peter Anderson)
Petrovich's debut is a darkly comic "novella in dialogue" - no narrative or expository passages - in which all is not quite what it seems. The author wryly meditates on truth and identity as he scatters subtle clues to the real story lurking just beneath the surface. A very impressive effort from a young writer I'm eager to read more from.
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ISBN:
9780978910303
Author:
Petrovich, Aaron
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Investigation
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 BandW illustrations
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
7.2 x 5 x 0.2 in 2.5 oz

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Product details 64 pages Akashic Books - English 9780978910303 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Samuel Beckett fans might be briefly diverted by Akashic's first title under its Hotel St. George imprint, a novella consisting largely of dialogue between two detectives named Smith. The contentious pair is assigned to solve the murder of a mathematician whose organs have been removed. Over the course of their laconic conversation, they focus their suspicions on a new, possibly cannibalistic cult. Petrovich's execution doesn't quite match the ambition of his concept, while mainstream mystery readers may not appreciate the emphasis on language rather than action. Original monotypes by Vilem Benes add to the surreal mood." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A stunning debut title from the new imprint, Hotel St. George Press.
"Synopsis" by , Fiction. Funny, frantic, and with a subversive intelligence, Aaron Petrovich's Keatonesque heroes, Detectives Smith and Smith, stumble upon a bizarre new religion while tracking a murder victim's stolen organs. Their investigation leads them into a lunatic asylum that they may never leave. Written entirely in dialogue, Petrovich's pitch-perfect language, reminiscent of Beckett, Chandler, and Duras, elevates rapid-fire banter to a transformative musical litany. His characters, however, remain tragically and hysterically human.
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