Robert Coover


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“Metafiction lustily mates with hard-boiled mystery in this hilarious homage to Raymond Chandler and company.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
You are Philip M. Noir, Private Investigator. A mysterious young widow hires you to find her husband's killer—if he was killed. Then your client is killed and her body disappear—if she was your client. Your search for clues takes you through all levels of the city, from classy lounges to lowlife dives, from jazz bars to a rich sex kitten’s bedroom, from yachts to the morgue. The Case of the Vanishing Black Widow unfolds over five days aboveground and three or four in smugglers’ tunnels, though flashback and anecdote, and expands time into something much larger. You don’t always get the joke, though most people think what’s happening is pretty funny.
“As his dazzling career continues to demonstrate, Mr. Coover is a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force.” —The New York Times
“Like Thomas Pynchon in 2009’s Inherent Vice, Coover pops off laughs on every page.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[An] absurdist take on the hard-boiled detective novel . . . depraved and amusing.” —Kirkus Reviews
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