This stylish, darkly funny psychological debut thriller set in New York City is about a struggling writer forced to play detective in a real-life murder mystery plot, after a convicted serial killer—who claims to be innocent—hires him to write his memoir. All Harry Bloch knows about catching a serial killer is what he has learned from his own books. An unknown writer, Harry churns out pulp novels under a variety of pseudonyms. But Harry’s life takes a sudden dramatic turn and begins to resemble the plot of one of his crime novels when a convicted serial killer known as the Photo Killer asks Harry to write his memoir.
Soon, several women are murdered in the Photo Killer’s signature style, just hours after Harry interviews them, and he becomes a suspect. Or is he the killer’s next target? The novel follows his quest to find the real killer, a search that turns up much more than he could have imagined.
This is a dark and stylish literary page-turner about a struggling New York writer who’s forced to play detective in a real-life murder mystery, after a convicted serial killer hires him to write his memoir—and three young women turn up dead.
“David Gordon has gathered up our cultural trash and made of it something magnificent. . . .The Serialist makes high art out of serial murders, pornography, soup dumplings, and pulp fiction. I adore this book!” (Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances)
The Serialist is an entertainingly wicked debut. A literary pulp fiction that flays and skewers post-Millennial New York and along the way reinvents the American detective novel. David Gordon has arrived, brash, irreverent and indecently talented." (Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill)
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The narrator digresses
I laughed, I squirmed, I loved this book