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A Nabokovian goof on Agatha Christie -- a madcap mystery in the deceptive tradition of "The Crying of Lot 49 -- "Pale Fire" "meets "The Da Vinci Code?Icelander" is the debut novel from a brilliant new mind, an intricate, giddy Icelandic lore and pulpy intrigue. When Our Heroine's dear friend is found murdered, it's an obvious job for her mother, a legendary crime-solver and evil-thwarter. But her mother is dead, and Our Heroine has no interest in inheriting the business, or being chased through a sewer, or listening to skaldic karaoke, or fleeing the inhuman Refusirkir, or -- But Evil has no interest in her interests, and thus: adventure ensues.
"Nabokov meets Lemony Snicket in this manic Chinese box version of a mystery."
From the Publisher
In what has become the signature McSweeney's style, Dustin Long litters his novel with witty footnotes and asides. Long conjures up a fictional and fantastic version of Iceland where the novel's heroine, known as Our Heroine, goes about the circuitous process of finding a lost dog and solving her dead best friend's murder.
A satirical crime tale follows the story of Our Heroine, a daughter of a dead legendary mystery-solver, who reluctantly takes up the investigation of her murdered close friend through the sewers and karaoke bars of Iceland, all the while endeavoring to remain out of the clutches of the inhuman Refusirkir.