THE UNPOSSESSED CITY

Facing gambling debts and a life going nowhere on the far side of 30, Jim Vilatzer flees to Russia, his grandparents' native country, where he wants nothing more than a quiet life. Unfortunately,he swiftly finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy involving old Soviet bioweapons designers that has attracted the attention of both the CIA and a rogue faction within the Russian security services.

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THE GEOGRAPHER'S LIBRARY

A young reporter assigned to write an obituary of an apparently dull and solitary old professor finds the dead man harbored 15 priceless artifacts, and one terrible secret.

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MONDAY AUGUST 10, 2009


Let me first admit that I am not a disinterested observer here: I write for "The Second Pass"; its founding editor, John Williams, is a close friend; and the redoubtable Penguin Press has published both of my novels. Having said all of that I would say this anyway: the trailer for Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice" is perfect.

REVISITING RIDLEY WALKER
from The Second Pass

What if it's not great, it starts with a nuclear accident instead of an earthquake, and Lenny Bruce, like the rest of us, is terrified? I speak, of course, of the end of the world as we know it...

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