Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blog Tour: Mystery Girl by David Gordon

Author: David Gordon
Publisher: New Harvest
Date of publication: July 2013

When Sam Kornberg’s wife, Lala, walks out on him, he’s an unemployed used-book store clerk and failed experimental novelist with a broken heart. Desperate to win her back, he takes a job as assistant detective to the enigmatic Solar Lonsky, a private eye who might be an eccentric and morbid genius or just a morbidly obese madman.

It’s a simple tail job, following a beautiful and mysterious lady around L.A., but Sam soon finds himself helplessly falling for his quarry and hopelessly entangled in a murder case involving Satanists, succubi, underground filmmakers, Hollywood bigshots, Mexican shootouts, video-store geekery, and sexy doppelgangers from beyond the grave. A case that highlights the risks of hardcore reading and mourns the death of the novel—or perhaps just the decline of Western Civilization.

Mystery Girl is a thriller about the dangers of marriage and a detective story about the unsolvable mysteries of love, art, and other people.

In Mystery Girl, Sam Kronberg's wife leaves him because he has no job.  He writes books that no one would want to read.  In an attempt to get her back, he takes a job as an assistant to a detective.  This takes him on a crazy journey to find out about the woman he initially followed, the slept with and watched commit suicide. It turns out, this woman was the love interest of Sam's boss, Solar Lonsky.   I was following the story pretty well up to that point, but then I started to get bored with the story.

Followers of the blog know that I'm always up for something new.  I like a good mystery and I was hoping for this book to be a good one.   The book did drag in places and was a bit on the dull side.  I found myself skimming in places.  I also really couldn't connect with any of the characters.   I did like the solution to the mystery, it just took too long to get there. The book had a film noir feel to me.  I think fans of this type of book will devour it. 
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Thursday, August 8th:  5 Minutes for Books
Monday, August 12th:  Must. Read. Faster
Wednesday, August 14th:  Luxury Reading
Thursday August 15th:  From the TBR Pile
Monday, August 19th:  Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, August 20th:  The Best Books Ever
Wednesday, August 21st:  The Picky Girl
Thursday, August 22nd:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, August 26th:  Conceptual Reception
Tuesday, August 27th:  Between the Covers
Wednesday, August 28th:  Wordsmithonia
Thursday, August 29th:  Man of La Book
Tuesday, September 3rd:  Book Dilettante
Thursday, September 5th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf

About the author:

David Gordon was born in New York City. He attended Sarah Lawrence College and holds an MA in English and Comparative Literature and an MFA in Writing, both from Columbia University, and has worked in film, fashion, publishing, and pornography. His first novel, The Serialist, won the VCU/Cabell First Novel Award and was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His work has also appeared in The Paris Review, Purple, and Fence among other publications.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.