The Feral DetectiveJonathan Lethem
1 November 2018
Published by Atlantic Books
‘A nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem’s trademark verve and wit’ Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad
Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist – a laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer – to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble – caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe’s trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous…
Jonathan Lethem’s first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, The Feral Detective is a singular achievement by one of our greatest writers.