The Laughing Monsters - Denis Johnson

If Graham Greene were writing his boozy, pointed, and insect-infested thrillers in a post-9/11 world, they would be like The Laughing Monsters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25). The novel tells the story of a veteran spy with fluid affiliations and fickle loyalties attempting to monetize instability in Central Africa. Operating in a socio-political atmosphere defined by sectarian interests and a War on Terror, Denis Johnson’s spy must navigate both this new paradigm and his feelings for his partner/target/fixer’s fiancée. As in his previous work, notably Tree of Smoke and Train Dreams, Johnson demonstrates lyricism and emotional agility, coupling his elegant prose with a plot soaked in grimy realism. The Laughing Monsters provokes as it entertains; this is a literary journey not to be missed.

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ISBN: 9780374280598
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 4th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781250074911
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Published: Picador - October 13th, 2015

The Dog - Joseph O'Neill

The protagonist of Joseph O’Neill’s very funny and smart fourth novel is an anonymous Everyman, though he often considers himself The Dog (Pantheon, $25.95) in the proverbial doghouse. His relationship with a fellow New York lawyer having concluded (despite its “being sanctioned by work”; the pair took their files to bed with them) the man moves to Dubai, which is both “Abracadabrapolis” and the “land of glitches.” There he drives an Autobiography, frequents a growing chain of Unique spas, and waits for a giant hole to sprout the next Astrominium. Employed by a pair of Lebanese brothers, he takes on a boss’s son as an intern and mentors the overweight boy in Sudoku. Yes, this is the stuff of satire—but O’Neill’s humor comes without fanfare. It takes the reader by surprise, just as the protagonist gets caught up in a transatlantic white-knuckle episode—realizing only later that the date is April 1. As accomplished and observant as his Netherland was about the post-9/11 world, this is fiction that’s so absurd it’s utterly realistic.

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ISBN: 9780307378231
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 9th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780307472946
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Published: Vintage - June 9th, 2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings covers the twenty-five years from the lead-up to the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976 to the height of the drug war in New York City. We meet hundreds of characters, including dopers, dealers, illiterate stick-up-men, gangsters, journalists, CIA officials, lovers, fighters, and even ghosts. Told from these myriad characters’ perspectives, Marlon James’s intimate epic sometimes feels as though you’re scanning late-night radio, picking up cravings, rants, and fears. Some of them familiar, some strange. A Brief History of Seven Killings is as deep as dub, but reads as light as reggae thanks to James’s tremendous gift for prose. Like any great work of art, this one demands commitment, but pays you back handsomely for your efforts.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781594486005
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2014

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ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015