Why this book?
Lionel Essrog is a low-rent detective with Tourette’s syndrome. Under pressure Lionel is guaranteed to blurt out the worst possible thing. This is much more than a literary gimmick, he is a full-rounded character, in way over his head and struggling to do the right thing. Motherless Brooklyn remains one of my favorite detective novels, it delivers the pace and style of Raymond Chandler or Walter Mosley, but adds a neurodiverse protagonist that speaks to my dyslexic soul.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • A complusively readable riff on the classic detective novel from America's most inventive novelist.
"A half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette's syndrome.... The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity.... Unexpectedly moving." —The Boston Globe
Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, Lionel Essrog is an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways. Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo…