By Jonathan Lethem
From America's such a lot artistic novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff at the vintage detective novel.
Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses force him to bark, count number, and rip aside our language in startling and unique ways. Together with 3 veterans of the St. Vincent's domestic for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo provider cum detective company. existence with out Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, will be incredible, so who cares if the projects he units them are, good, no longer precisely felony. but if Frank is fatally stabbed, one in every of Lionel's colleagues lands in reformatory, the opposite vie for his place, and the victim's widow skips city. Lionel's international is abruptly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has difficulty even speaking makes an attempt to untangle the threads of the case whereas attempting to hold the phrases directly in his head. Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly unique homage to the vintage detective novel by means of probably the most acclaimed writers of his new release.