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Night Train (Paperback)

Author:  Martin Amis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375701141
ISBN-13: 9780375701146
Sku: 30424834
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  176
Under Martin Amis's expert guidance, "Night Train" escalates from a captivating whodunit into a dazzling inquest into perpetrators and punishers, pattern and paranoia, innocence and evil.
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Detective Mike Hoolihan has seen it all. A fifteen-year veteran of the force, she's gone from walking a beat, to robbery, to homicide. But one case - this case - has gotten under her skin. When Jennifer Rockwell, darling of the community and daughter of a respected career cop - now top brass - takes her own life, no one is prepared to believe it. Especially her father, Colonel Tom. Homicide Detective Mike Hoolihan, longtime colleague and friend of Colonel Tom, is ready to "put the case down". Suicide. Closed. Until Colonel Tom asks her to do the one thing any grieving father would ask: take a second look. Not since his celebrated novel Money has Amis turned his focus on America to such remarkable effect. Fusing brilliant wordplay with all the elements of a classic whodunit, Amis exposes a world where surfaces are suspect (no matter how perfect), where paranoia is justified (no matter how pervasive), and where power and pride are brought low by the hidden recesses of our humanity.Britain's premier novelist presents his first mystery, involving the alleged suicide of the brilliant daughter of a police officer, whose hidden life was one of drugs, casual sex, and madness. By the author of The Information. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.A female detective named Mike Hoolihan investigates the murder of her commanding officer's daughter, whose death was staged to look like a suicide
Amis's homage to and satire of the hard-boiled detective novel is told in the voice of an American policewoman who, in the best noir tradition, is faced with a tough case that will uncover truths that go far beyond who done it. A New York Times Notable Book for 1998.
Author Bio
Martin Amis
Martin Amis, a son of novelist Kingsley Amis, was a young teenager in 1963 when his father left the family to marry another woman--an act Martin never really forgave, and that directly influenced his rebelliousness as an adolescent. Although he resisted school, however, prompting one of many headmasters to term him "unusually unpromising," he did graduate with honors from Oxford. He had perennially rivalrous relationship with his father, but he always knew he would follow in Kingsley's footsteps, and his first novel, THE RACHEL PAPERS, was published when he was 24. Just out of college, Amis became a literary editor at the Times Literary Supplement and then at the New Statesman, finally quitting in 1980 when he was becoming an important figure on the international literary scene and began to be able to support himself as a writer. Just as his father, as an "angry young man," was a major voice for his own generation, Martin Amis has been one of the writers who has shaped the work of the generation that came of age in the 1970s. In 2002, Amis turned to non-fiction with KOBA THE DREAD, an examination of atrocities commiting during Stalinism. He returned to this themes again, this time fictionally, in his 2007 novel HOUSE OF MEETINGS.


New York Times
"'Night Train' may not stack up against Amis' best fiction, but as one of his entertainments, it's a superior piece of work." - Michiko Kakutani 01/27/1998

New York Times Book Review
"This brilliant, painful short novel is, in fact, so profoundly inflected with grief that it achieves in the end a sort of melancholy grandeur." - Patrick McGrath 02/01/1998

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"'Night Train' is full of bravura passages in which Amis' acidic wit and unaffected love of streetwise anecdote combine to make the novel compelling. As a detective story it's immaculately planned, and Mike is as touching as any detective in literature. The book is a genuine page-turner." - Carey Harrison 01/18/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0176
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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