The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem

Staff Pick

Fans of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn and smart detective fiction in general should rejoice because, after almost two decades, he returns to the genre that netted him the NBCC Award for Fiction in 1999. In the opening pages of his new book, The Feral Detective (Ecco, $26.99), Phoebe Siegler walks into the decrepit office of Charles Heist, the titular feral detective. She seeks Heist’s services in helping her find the daughter of her friend who is now believed to be lost in the wilderness of Southern California. With this familiar setup, Lethem then thrusts us into the forgotten population of California’s vagrant communities, the locus of Phoebe and Charles’s search. Using the tropes of the mystery novel, Lethem gives us an empathic novel about the scores of people who live alienated from the mainstream of the country they are born in, an alienation that, as the novel suggests, has become more apparent in today’s sociopolitical climate.

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ISBN: 9780062859068
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Ecco - November 6th, 2018