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.
Lethem's first novel is a work of noir science fiction inhabited by animal gangsters and a gritty futuristic P.I. (Mar.)