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Boxer, Beetle A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Ned Beauman
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1608196801
ISBN-13: 9781608196807
Sku: 220021870
Publish Date: 9/13/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  246
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Kevin "Fishy" Broom finds himself drawn into an investigation of a pair of small-time players in pre-WWII history. First-time novelist Beauman spins a dazzling narrative across decades and continents, weaving his own manic fiction through the back alleys of history.
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Weird hobbies, obsessions, and smells waft through Ned Bauman's debut novel. The book flirts with historical fiction and Golden Age British mysteries as connects the lives of three unlikely characters. Kevin Broom is mostly called by his nickname, "Fishy," given to him because of a truly cruel genetic joke that makes him smell like fish--old fish--specifically. Fishy spends most of his time and energy collecting Nazi ephemera. On a little job for a wealthy fellow-aficionado, he stumbles across a body. It seems as though someone else got there first, and was willing to kill for the precious Third Reich token. Flashback now to the 1930s, and readers meet Philip Erskine. Philip, a fascist with a laboratory for exploring his fascination with eugenics, has become obsessed (or perhaps fallen in love) with an East End boxer named Sinner Roach. Ingeniously, a beetle connects all these misguided characters in Beauman's clever and funny BOXER, BEETLE.

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"First-novelist Beauman, who is just 26 years old, has concocted a bizarre and funny mystery that is filled with eccentric scholarship....[T]hose seeking something completely different will be amply rewarded." (starred review) 08/01/2011

"This is a fairly busy book. My favourite part is the middle: an energetic parody of a country house murder mystery. It's fun partly because its singular focus allows a smooth narrative flow for a while; but mostly because it's just very funny. As well as evoking Agatha Christie and Evelyn Waugh, it also slyly attacks the contemporary English upper-middlebrow heritage novel...." - Keith Miller 08/18/2011

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