Thomas Pynchon's latest, Inherent Vice, will be released in July. It
looks to be a lot shorter than his usual work, and it does seem to be
a detective novel set in California in the 60's. The description from
Penguin's 09 catalog is below.
It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend.
Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to
kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in
love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic
sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words
going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," except that this
one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself
drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of
characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous
loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a
swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious
entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up
by some dentists.
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