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Noir A Novel (Paperback)

Author:  Robert Coover
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1590206800
ISBN-13: 9781590206805
Sku: 220021486
Publish Date: 11/1/2011
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  192
With impeccable skill, Coover, one of America''s pioneering postmodernists, has turned the classic detective story inside-out. "Noir" is a true page-turner--wry, absurd, and desolate.
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With impeccable skill, Robert Coover, one of America's pioneering postmodernists, has turned the classic detective story inside-out. Here Coover is at the top of his form; andNoir is a true page-turner-wry, absurd, and desolate.

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 disappears-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.
Known for his postmodernist flare, Robert Coover offers up a clever and engaging send-up to classic noir. A dish of a young widow approaches private eye Philip M. Noir with a classic problem: her older husband is dead and she wants Noir to get to the bottom of it. Failing, however, to get either her name or her husband's, Noir combs the bars and crevices in search of clues, bumping into creeps like Snark, Rats, and, well, Creep. Coover nails the genre tropes with aplomb, making this a funny and riotous read.
Author Bio
Robert Coover
Robert Coover was born in Iowa, and attended Southern Illinois University, Indiana University, and the University of Chicago, from which he has an M.A. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1957. Married in 1959, he has three children. Coover is an incredibly versatile writer, the author of novels, short fiction, plays, and at least one film script. Coover is renowned for his richly satirical eye and his inventive experimentations with traditional forms. In 1965 he was the winner of the Faulkner Award for Best First Novel.


"Depraved and amusing." 01/01/2010

"Metafiction lustily mates with hard-boiled mystery in this hilarious homage to Raymond Chandler and company." (starred review) 02/15/2010

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0192
Product attributePublisher:   Overlook Press
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