Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

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By (author) Thomas Pynchon

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 24mm | 277g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099542161
  • ISBN 13: 9780099542162
  • Sales rank: 4,225

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Part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon - private eye Doc Sportello comes, occasionally, out of a marijuana haze to watch the end of an era as free love slips away and paranoia creeps in with the L.A. fog. It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that 'love' is another of those words going around at the moment, like 'trip' or 'groovy', except that this one usually leads to trouble. Despite which he soon finds himself drawn into a bizarre tangle of motives and passions whose cast of characters includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, a tenor sax player working undercover, an ex-con with a swastika tattoo and a fondness for Ethel Merman, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists. In this lively yarn, Thomas Pynchon, working in an unaccustomed genre, provides a classic illustration of the principle that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there...or...if you were there, then you...or, wait, is it...

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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 and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

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"Hilarious and thought-provoking" London Review of Books "Brilliant and brain boggling by turns" Daily Mail "Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties" Sunday Telegraph "Pynchon's unique blend of wackiness and wistfulness permeates every page. He uses words as carefully as Nabokov. Inherent Vice works brilliantly as both a neon-lit neo-noir and as a psychedelic lament to the Sixties" Sunday Telegraph "The greatest, wildest author of his generation" Guardian