Motherless Brooklyn


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From America's most inventive novelist comes this virtuoso riff on the classic detective novel. Lionel Essrog, who has Tourette's Syndrome, and three other veterans from St. Vincent's Home for Boys work for a small-time mobster. When the mobster is fatally stabbed, Lionel's world is turned topsy-turvy. A National Book Critics Circle Award Winner.

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Mar 31, 2007

sheer magic

This is one of my all-time favorite New York novels. It's hilarious and tragic, and captures perfectly the scruffy Brooklyn milieu in which it's set. The story is quite strange -- there's a mystery involving the mafia, an Eastern-mystic guru, a doorman, and a car service, all told by a detective (?) with Tourette's Syndrome, still traumatized by his childhood in an orphanage. The literary energy just whirls you along.

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