The Twenty-Year Death, a crime novel written in the form of three different period crime novels

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6 Responses to “The Twenty-Year Death, a crime novel written in the form of three different period crime novels”

  1. Great to see Ariel getting this kind of exposure!

  2. nosehat says:

    Hard Case Crime has bought and published a whole bunch of good, pulpy, genre stuff.  The imprint’s catalog as a whole is worth checking out too.

  3. Jens Alfke says:

    “I described it as David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (another of my favorite books) as written by W. G. Sebald.”

    This also reminds me a lot of Italo Calvino’s “If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler”, which contains about a dozen first chapters of different imaginary novels (all very different in style and genre), alternating with the framing story of a reader (addressed in second person) who keeps being prevented from reading further in each book. Very funny and highly recommended.

  4. sdmikev says:

    I’m very much looking forward to reading this.  Mystery novels are far and away the best “genre” of fiction into which we can squeeze authors/books.

  5. Wow. This is a hilarious, great idea.  Next, Willeford?  

  6. I’m sorry to be a downer, but I prefer my pisstakes to be a bit more obviously funny.   I’m not familiar with the other two authors, but the Chandler section reads (to me) as if he was aiming for homage and missed. 

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