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


Conrad Metcalf has problems. He has a monkey on his back, a rabbit in his waiting room, and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. (Maybe evolution therapy is not such a good idea.)

He's been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an affluent Oakland urologist. Maybe falling in love with her a little at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, Metcalf finds himself caught in a crossfire between the boys from the inquisitor's Office and the gangsters in the back room of the Fickle Muse.

Jonathan Lethem's first novel is a science fiction mystery. It's funny. It's not so funny.

About the Author

Jonathan Lethem was born in New York in 1964. His novel "Motherless Brooklyn" won the National Book Critic's Circle Award for Fiction. His books include "Girl in Landscape," "As She Climbed Across the Table," "Amnesia Moon" and "Gun, With Occational Music."

Praise For…

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

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

"Sharp, funny, visionary."--Jill Eisenstadt, author of Far Rockaway

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312858780
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 1995
Pages: 272