Sherlock meets Ulysses in this Porter Square bookseller's debut novel.
An Exaggerated Murder starts with the bloodied carpet of a hard-boiled detective story and follows Trike, the hard-drinking PI with a perfect memory and less-than-perfect social skills, his radical feminist research assistant Lola, and former FBI agent Max, as they try to find a vanished billionaire through a labyrinth that looks less and less like crime and more and more mysterious. Data is missing. All the honest cops in the police department are removed from the case. There should be money, but there isn't. The FBI know something but don't care enough to do anything. And everyday the case goes unsolved, the badly needed reward money diminishes.
Funny and smart, An Exaggerated Murder is a playful, skewed take on the detective story, blending Sherlock Holmes and The Maltese Falcon (with a touch of Joyce and Pynchon) into a new kind of story for our data-saturated internet age.
Josh Cook is a bookseller at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who grew up in Lewiston, Maine. His fiction, criticism, and poetry have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He blogs for Porter Square Books, and at In Order of Importance, and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. This is his first novel.