Synopses & Reviews
The remarkable, acclaimed series of interconnected detective novels from the author of 4 3 2 1: A Novel
The New York Review of Books has called Paul Auster’s work “one of the most distinctive niches in contemporary literature.” Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, this uniquely stylized triology of detective novels begins with City of Glass, in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. He’s drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case that’s more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission, as well. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems.
This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition includes an introduction from author and professor Luc Sante, as well as a pulp novel-inspired cover from Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist of Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers.
“It’s as if Kafka had gotten hooked on the gumshoe game and penned his own ever-spiraling version.” The Washington Post
"Auster harnesses the inquiring spirit any reader brings to a mystery, redirecting it from the grubby search for a wrongdoer to the more rarified search for self.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Eminently readable and mysterious....Auster has added some new dimensions to modern literature, and — more importantly even — to our perspectives on our planet.” Fanny Howe, The Boston Globe
“Exhilarating...a brilliant investigation of the storyteller’s art guided by a writer who’s never satisfied with just the facts.” The Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Paul Auster’s novels include The Brooklyn Follies, Oracle Night, and In the Country of Last Things, as well as two memoirs, a collection of essays, a volume of poems, and the screenplays for several films. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages.