By Nathan Larson
Dubbed "Dewey Decimal" for his wish to reorganize the library's inventory, our protagonist (who will reappear within the subsequent novel during this sequence) will get through as bagman and muscle for brand spanking new York City's unscrupulous district lawyer. Decimal takes no excitement during this type of civic soiled paintings. He'd be completely content material on my own among his books. yet this isn't within the playing cards, because the DA calls on Dewey for a probably straight forward union-busting job.
What unfolds throws Dewey right into a bloody tangle of violence, moving allegiances, and outdated vendettas, forcing him to stand the darkness of his personal prior and the query of his buried identity.
With its excessive physique count number and snarky discussion, The Dewey Decimal System will pay respects to Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and Jim Thompson. fit quantities of black humor and speculative trends will attract lovers of Charlie Huston, Nick Tosches, Duane Swierczynski, Victor Gischler, Robert Ferrigno, and early Jonathan Lethem.
Nathan Larson is better often called an award-winning movie track composer, having created the rankings for over thirty videos reminiscent of Boys Don’t Cry, Dirty lovely Things, and The Messenger. within the Nineteen Nineties he was once the lead guitarist for the influential prog-punk outfit Shudder to imagine. this is often his first novel. Larson lives in Harlem, big apple urban, together with his spouse and son.
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Plus, if you can hang with such heavy bribery, why the fuck would you be taking the freaking subway? Chances are you’ve already headed inland and are holed up behind gates at a compound upstate, or in central Jersey. ” God bless. Some of us need to work. Some of us have a System. Just me on the platform. The water looks to be about ankle deep on the tracks, rats paddle by in schools. The very sight of them makes me reach for that PurellTM again. A D train, then an F, piloted by some distant computer.
I crack open a pistachio, make sure it’s clean, toss it in my mouth. Add to the bowl I have dedicated for pistachio shells. Every couple of days I disinfect them, and transfer the shells to a sealed baggie for future use. The Scattering of the Shells. I have my rituals, I have my habits. Since upkeep of these landmarked buildings was transferred to the Parks Department, I don’t think I’ve seen a single ranger, or whatever they call their agents. I’m not so sure there still is a Parks Department, come to think of it, not that it matters.
She takes them but doesn’t clean herself. This is making me nervous. ” A tear slides down one side of her face. “You haven’t answered my question. If you answer my questions, I might possibly consider answering yours. ” Iveta bobs her head, wipes off the snot with a tissue. “Perhaps you think he is good man. An honorable man. ” She looks at me, taking in my suit, my shoes, my skin. “What are you, black? ” Sigh. After two African American presidents and a Chinese woman on the moon, can we not yet say we’ve evolved a “postracial” consciousness?
The Dewey Decimal System by Nathan Larson