From: Karin Montin (
Date: 23 Jan 2007

Sarah Weinman has read it

and corresponded with the author:


At 08:02 AM 24/01/2007 +1100, Stever Gerlach wrote:

>I have been thinking about purchasing this book too, Ron. Anyone here had a
>chance to read it? Or heard good things about it?
> _____
>From: R. & J. Clinton [mailto:]
>Sent: Wednesday, 24 January 2007 5:05 AM
>Subject: RARA-AVIS: KOCKROACH by Tyler Knox...
>Has anyone tried this literary'ish Kafkaesuqe take on the noir novel?
> From Publishers Weekly
>Starred Review. Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is turned on its antennae in this
>roaringly entertaining noir novel. Knox's debut begins with a cockroach
>waking up to find he has been transformed into a man. Kockroach, however,
>doesn't lapse into despair, but instead demonstrates the relentless survival
>instinct of his species by learning how to get by in the human world.
>Helping him is pint-size Times Square hustler Mickey "Mite" Pimelia, who
>sees in Kockroach (or, as he's known to humans, Jer ry Blatta) his ticket to
>the top. Sex, organized crime, violence, betrayal and success follow for
>Kockroach, whose insect's sense of amorality aids his ascent. Meanwhile,
>Celia, a crippled but beautiful woman, befriends Mite and finds herself
>drawn to Kockroach. Knox's inhuman antihero's tale is told in flawless noir
>style-Kockroach's coldness juxtaposed against Mite's bitter
>self-recrimination in a seedy, smoky 1950s New York-and Kockroach's insights
>into that New York are perversely delightful. The book's conceptual
>cleverness is ultimately eclipsed by the epic story line, making for a
>compelling story of greed and power that is more Chandler than Kafka. (Jan.)

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