Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux

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Paul Theroux, one of the world’s most popular authors, both for his travel books and his fiction, has produced an off-beat story of 1960s weirdos unlike anything he has ever written.

During the time of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency, Herbie Gneiss is forced to leave college to get a job. His income from the Kant-Brake toy factory, which manufactures military toys for children, keeps his chocolate-loving mother from starvation. Mr. Gibbon, a patriotic veteran of three wars, also works at Kant-Brake. When Herbie is drafted, Mr. Gibbon falls in love with Herbie’s mother and they move in together at Miss Ball’s rooming house. Since Herbie is fighting for his country, Mr. Gibbon feels that he, too, should do something for his country and convinces Miss Ball and Mrs. Gneiss to join him in the venture. They decide to rob the Mount Holly Trust Company because it is managed by a small dark man who is probably a communist. There are some complications. Combine Donald E. Westlake with Abby Hoffman, add a bit of Gore Vidal at his most vitriolic, and you will have Murder in Mount Holly.

About Paul Theroux

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PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.
Published December 6, 2011 by Mysterious Press. 160 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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After landing a job there, Herbie moves to a rooming house run by Nettie Ball, who has another Kant-Brake employee as a lodger, Charlie Gibbon, “a fuddy-duddy, not a geezer,” who later falls for Herbie’s mom.

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A bizarre comic novel satirizing the American political fringe, originally written by Theroux back in 1969.

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Book Reporter

It was a similar ad that appealed to Mr. Gibbon and led him to rent one of her rooms, and now it has hooked Herbie Gneiss, even though he didn't know which "boy's room" he would have to share.

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This dark satire by Paul Theroux, beloved chronicler of travel and trains, tells the story of a small-town bank caper carried out by a trio of oldsters looking to do something patriotic.

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Herbie finds a job at Kant-Brake (can't break), a factory which makes very realistic war toys.

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W. 11th & Bluff

Early this December, The Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, will publish the "crime caper" Murder in Mount Holly by best-selling author Paul Theroux.

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