Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What is David Gordon reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: David Gordon, author of Mystery Girl.

One paragraph from his entry:
Never Any End to Paris by Enrique Vila-Matas: A fascinating Spanish writer whose work is finally appearing more widely in English. This book is like a long ramble through Paris with a brilliant friend, talking about....[read on]
About Mystery Girl, from the publisher:
When Sam Kornberg’s wife, Lala, walks out on him, he’s an unemployed used bookstore clerk and failed experimental novelist with a broken heart. Desperate to win her back, he takes a job as assistant detective to the enigmatic Solar Lonsky, a private eye who might be an eccentric and morbid genius or just a morbidly obese madman.

It’s a simple tail job, following a beautiful and mysterious lady around L.A., but Sam soon finds himself helplessly falling for his quarry and hopelessly entangled in a murder case involving Satanists, succubi, underground filmmakers, Hollywood bigshots, Mexican shootouts, video-store geekery, and sexy dopplegangers from beyond the grave. A case that heralds the risks of hardcore reading and the mournful death of the novel…or perhaps just the decline of Western Civilization.

Mystery Girl is a thriller about the dangers of marriage and a detective story about the unsolvable mysteries of love, art, and other people.
Learn more about the book and author at David Gordon's blog.

Gordon's first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award.

The Page 69 Test: The Serialist.

Writers Read: David Gordon.

--Marshal Zeringue