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    Description"The Washington Post " "Brilliantly written... a joy to read... "Bleeding Edge" is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda) It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics--carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts--without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom--two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood--till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since. Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance? Hey. Who wants to know? "Slate.com" "If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading "Bleeding Edge," tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed... a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for." "The New York Times Book Review" Exemplary... dazzling and ludicrous... Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight." (Jonathan Lethem) "Wired" magazine "The book's real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions -- between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos -- through which he has framed the last half-century." ***A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2013***


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    Title
    Bleeding Edge
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Pynchon
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 39 mm
    Weight: 780 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594204234
    ISBN 10: 1594204233
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: AMER3710
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: FM
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC022040
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    DC22: 813/.54
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: E6
    Ingram Theme: LOCL/NYNEWY
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC022060
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    B&T Approval Code: P26106630
    BIC subject category V2: FFH
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC036000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC022080
    LC classification: PS3566.Y55 B54 2013
    Publisher
    Penguin Press
    Imprint name
    Penguin Press
    Publication date
    17 September 2013
    Author Information
    THOMAS PYNCHON is the author of "V."; "The Crying of Lot 49"; "Gravity's Rainbow"; "Slow Learner," a collection of short stories; "Vineland"; "Mason & Dixon"; "Against the Day"; and, most recently, "Inherent Vice." He received the National Book Award for "Gravity's Rainbow" in 1974.
    Review quote
    "Brilliantly written... a joy to read...Full of verbal sass and pizzazz, as well as conspiracies within conspiracies, "Bleeding Edge" is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." --Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post" "A precious freak of a novel, glinting rich and strange, like a black pearl from an oyster unfathomable by any other diver into our eternal souls. If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading "Bleeding Edge," tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed... a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for, ever since it went to bed early on innocent Sept. 10 with a copy of "The Corrections" and stayed up well past midnight reading Franzen into the wee hours of his novel's publication day." --"Slate.com" "Are you ready for Thomas (Screaming Comes Across the Sky) Pynchon on the subject of September 11, 2001?... Exemplary... dazzling and ludicrous... Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight. Pynchon himself's a good companion, full of real affectation for his people and places, even as he lampoons them for suffering the postmodern condition of being only partly real." --Jonathan Lethem, "New York Times Book Review" "Surely now Pynchon must be in line for the Nobel Prize?... Thomas Pynchon, America's greatest novelist, has written the greatest novel about the most significant events in his country's 21st century history. It is unequivocally a masterpiece." --"The Scotsman" (UK) "The book's real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions -- between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos -- through which he has framed the last half-century... As usual