Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
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Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-there's a rabbit in his waiting room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a brave new world where evolved animals are members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage.
Metcalf has been shadowing Celeste, the wife of an affluent doctor. Perhaps he's falling a little in love with her at the same time. When the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in a crossfire between the boys from the Inquisitor's Office and gangsters who operate out of the back room of a bar called the Fickle Muse.
Mixing elements of sci-fi, noir, and mystery, this clever first novel from the author of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, funny, and satiric look at all that the future may hold.


About Jonathan Lethem

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JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of six novels, including Motherless Brooklyn,The Fortress of Solitude, and Gun, with Occasional Music. He lives in Brooklyn.
Published September 1, 2003 by Mariner Books. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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They and the mutated humans known as Babyheads take the menial, marginal roles, and Metcalf describes himself as a bigot for resenting their inroads into mainstream society.

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Lethem's first novel is a work of noir science fiction inhabited by animal gangsters and a gritty futuristic P.I. (Mar.)

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Then we take a 180 degree turn to the non-humans – there’s Barry Greenleaf, a profanity-worshipping “babyhead” (in novel speak, when babies evolve to the point of an adult human in terms of intelligence but never leave infant form), Walter Surface, a former private inquisitor but has somehow evol...

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