The Salinger Contract

The Salinger Contract

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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An enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world's most famous authors—from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B. Traven and J. D. Salinger—to a sinister collector in ChicagoAdam Langer, the narrator of this deft and wide-ranging novel by the author of the same name, tells the intertwining tales of two writers navigating a plot neither one of them could have ever imagined. There may be no other escape than to write their way out of it. Adam is a writer and stay-at-home dad in Bloomington, Indiana, drawn into an uneasy friendship with the charismatic and bestselling thriller author Conner Joyce. Conner is having trouble writing his next book, and when a menacing stranger approaches him with an odd—and lucrative—proposal, events quickly begin to spiral out of control. A novel of literary crimes and misdemeanors, The Salinger Contract will delight anyone who loves a fast-paced story told with humor, wit, and intrigue.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2013
ISBN: 9781453297902

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hania4987 Jan 28, 2014

Written by a former Chicagoan it's a really interesting premise of a story within a story ... lots of namedropping of certain kinds of authors, lots of literary references, some dark humor, some suspense as well as some commentary about the worlds of publishing and academia. It's well written, but would have been even better if parts of it did not sound so whiny.

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jtkretzschmar
Dec 10, 2013

This was another of those last decision reads as I left the library. I really enjoy starting books that I have little or no idea what the novel is about... the fact that 'Salinger' was in the title, that was just a bonus. This book in a nutshell was about famous authors, and those who follow them - and their ideas. How Langer was able to make a thriller so brilliant that posed these questions, I don't know. I do know however that this book was very worth the read.

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lebaudroy
Nov 02, 2013

Terrific story weaving crime fiction and the art of fiction, or perhaps rather the art of authorship. Lagner has a lot of fun with his subject, keeps great pace, and keeps the novel short enough that the story never lags. Looking forward to reading his earlier work.

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Malca
Oct 21, 2013

Very interesting twists to this fine thriller

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