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Gun, with Occasional Music (Harvest Book)

By Jonathan Lethem

Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems-there's a rabbit in his ready room and a trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is a courageous new international the place advanced animals are participants of society, the police computer screen voters via their karma degrees, and mind-numbing medications resembling Forgettol and Acceptol are the entire rage.
Metcalf has been shadowing Celeste, the spouse of an prosperous physician. probably he is falling a bit in love together with her while. whilst the physician turns up lifeless, our amiable investigator unearths himself stuck in a crossfire among the lads from the Inquisitor's workplace and gangsters who function out of the again room of a bar known as the Fickle Muse.
Mixing components of sci-fi, noir, and secret, this smart first novel from the writer of Motherless Brooklyn is a wry, humorous, and satiric examine all that the long run may possibly hold.

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Angwine simply shook his head within the darkness, and the waitress went away. I had a consciousness. “You’re paying me with Stanhunt’s cash, aren’t you? ” He considered it for it slow, yet selected the reality. “Yeah. i guess you’re going to provide it again and inform me to disregard it back. ” “No,” I stated. “I simply imagine it’s humorous. We’ve either been sucking on the related nipple, basically now it’s dry. ” I patted my pocket. “This the final? ” “Just approximately. ” The waitress got here again. She set down my drink, a small beveled pocket replicate, and a plastic snorting straw imprinted with the Vistamont brand and call quantity. I paid her with a twenty, and whereas my pockets was once out I opened up a foil packet of my mixture and laid it at the desk. midway via reducing it up with my pocketknife, I appeared as much as see Angwine gazing me closely. “You don’t laugh, do you? ” “No. ” “The army? ” “No. I simply by no means did. ” I skilled one other twinge of pity for the fellow, however it was once tempered with scorn. “You make a fine looking funny blackmailer, Angwine. Stanhunt was once a Forgettol consumer, in a fairly large manner. that you can cross in there and threaten him with out understanding what he knew or didn’t recognize on the time—that’s really silly. The model you have been speaking to will possibly not have even remembered who your sister was once. ” I bent over and sniffed throughout the plastic tube, then leaned again and permit the surplus drain down the again of my throat. while I’d had sufficient, I wiped the replicate on my sleeve and pocketed the complimentary straw. Angwine should have spent the total time figuring out a speech in his head, simply because while it got here out, it sounded rehearsed. “It’s only a refined model of excellent cop/bad cop,” he stated. “What? ” “You’re probably not operating for me in any respect. You’re only a shill for the inquisitors. you retain tabs on me and question me questions. You play on my fears of them, yet there’s no actual distinction. ” He snickered. “It’s only a video game. They take my karma and also you take my cash after which the sport is over. you're keen on to behave dissatisfied and cynical, like you’re whatever greater than a cog within the computer, yet it’s only a pose. ” there has been a hysterical upward push in his voice, the sound of a guy convincing himself. “You reside and paintings lower than their protecting wing, in any other case they’d lower you off. ” “You’ve received it incorrect, Angwine. It’s extra advanced than that. ” “Sure it is,” he acknowledged. “Tell me how. ” He had the glance of a rabbit anxious into fierceness via dire condition. “First of all, I wouldn’t have taken up your case if I didn’t think you for those who first walked in. The inquisitors focus on nifty strategies on the price of the reality; that’s one of many purposes I went inner most. You’re correct to monitor a undeniable symbiosis in our courting, yet they’re completely in a position to enacting reliable cop/bad cop with out my aid they usually are aware of it. I’ve spent loads of time understanding why I’m tolerated via the place of work and it’s no longer uncomplicated, and that i don’t imagine I fairly are looking to try and clarify it to you presently. “Like I stated the 1st time, you’re no longer paying for your self a brand new ally.

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