Gun, with Occasional Music (Paperback)

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Noir + Orwell + Drugs = Gun, with Occasional Music.  Possibly the best book you'll ever read about a private investigator, evolved animals, and copious amounts of mind-numbing pharmaceuticals.

— Nathan


Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems—there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage.
Metcalf has been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an affluent doctor. Perhaps he's falling a little in love with her at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in a crossfire between the boys from the Inquisitor's Office and gangsters who operate out of the back room of a bar called the Fickle Muse.

Mixing elements of sci-fi, noir, and mystery, this clever first novel from the author of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, funny, and satiric look at all that the future may hold.

About the Author

JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of several novels, including Motherless Brooklyn; The Fortress of Solitude;Gun, with Occasional Music; and Dissident Gardens.

Praise For…

"Marries Chandler's style and Philip K. Dick's vision . . . An audaciously assured first novel."-Newsweek

"Marvelous . . . Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous and highly readable entertainment."-San Francisco Examiner

"The best novel of the year . . . Utterly original and deeply moving."-Esquire

"Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora."-Newsweek

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156028974
ISBN-10: 0156028972
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2003
Pages: 288
Language: English