RARA-AVIS: Inherent Vice (the new Pynchon novel)

From: Nathan Cain (IndieCrime@gmail.com)
Date: 15 Dec 2008

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    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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