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Motherless Brooklyn (Paperback) (Jonathan Lethem)

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From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human ******, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service ****** detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel's colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim's widow skips town. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.
Lionel Essrog has always respected Frank Minna, who helped him out when he was young, and when Frank is found dead, Lionel and his friends, the Minna Men, scour the streets of Brooklyn in search of the killer.
Number of Pages: 311
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Mystery + Crime, Suspense
Series Title: Vintage Contemporaries
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Jonathan Lethem
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 2000
TCIN: 11828869
UPC: 9780375724831
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-7530
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