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"Some things are inexplicable. The human heart is one. Los Angeles is another. In his latest whodunit, Gordon ('The Serialist') takes on both with an LA noir reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy [in which] a failed experimental novelist, Sam Kornberg must track a mystery woman through LaLa land psych wards and late-night jaunts to Mexico."New York Post, Required Reading

"David Gordon has written a passionate love story disguised as a mystery, a brainy tragicomedy, a bildungsroman wherein ‘the gumshoe learns the shocking secret of himself.’ His prose is by turns salacious, uproarious, and happily unhinged. A total delight.”—Karen Russell, author ofSwamplandia!

"I'm a Lebowski, you're a Lebowski, and fans of the famous Coen Brothers film may find many of their favorite aspects mirrored in this dark comedy…An unpredictable farce."—Kirkus 

"[Raymond] Chandler's shadow hangs over [Mystery Girl], as do the literary shades of Proust, Beckett, and Pynchon, and the equally strong cinematic influences of the Hitchcock ofVertigoand the Welles ofTouch of Evil. The book is filled with literary and cinematic references… Gordon's appealing wit and obvious intellect propel this gripping tale to a finely wrought and mostly unexpected conclusion."—Booklist

"Both funny and frantic, complex and crazy, Gordon includes characters from every genre (underground and dark Coen Brothers films figure in the plot). [Mystery Girl] will appeal to readers of thrillers, cult film stories, and absurdist fiction."—Library Journal

"We have here a love story (two, actually), a dark comedy and some darn fine suspense, as well. David Gordon is an astute observer of the Los Angeles scene, a natural storyteller and an all-around funny guy.Mystery Girldeserves to be at the top of your reading list."Bookpage, Top Pick selection

"Reading Gordon's newest novel,Mystery Girl(New Harvest), is like talking to him in person: You don't want the anecdotes to end; you could soak up his effortlessly paired humor and wisdom forever. It's part mystery, part love story, wholly delightful."Bustle.com

"A thriller about the dangers of marriage and a detective story about the unsolvable mysteries of love, art, and other people."CriminalElement.com

"Mystery Girlis funnier, sadder, and smarter than seems mathematically possible: Dashiell Hammett divided by Don DeLillo, to the power of Dostoevsky – yet still pure David Gordon."—Rivka Galchen, author ofAtmospheric Disturbances

"Mystery Girlis hilarious, sad, and a little bit horny. David Gordon somehow synthesizes every part of the human condition – from the sublime to the humiliating – into one whip-smart voice. Like Muriel Spark and John Fante, he’s the genius who you never want to shut up."—Jay Caspian Kang, author ofThe Dead Do Not Improve

"Reading David Gordon is pure pleasure. He's one of the smartest, most stylish writers I've ever come across, a gifted storyteller whose work perfectly combines an incredibly sharp wit with moments of real transcendent beauty." —Karen Thompson Walker, author ofThe Age of Miracles

"…a darkly comic, stylish literary thriller…"—The Associated Press
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review by . August 08, 2013
It's rather difficult to catagorize this book. At times it's a murder mystery, at times it's a comedy, at times it's a tragedy, and at times it's a series of almost unending paragraphs about all kinds of things! It can be difficult to read through this book without wondering what the heck was the author's point of the whole ting?      The plot involves a failed writer whose wife has left him, and who takes a job as an assistant to an extremely corpulent …
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