Bleeding Edge: A Novel ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas Pynchon

Bleeding Edge: A Novel

The Penguin Press
Publication date: September 2013
ISBN: 9780698142688
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

Buy ePub

Our price:
The Washington Post
"Brilliantly written... a joy to read... Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda)

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left.

Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics-carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts-without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom-two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood-till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.

With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since.

Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?

Hey. Who wants to know?
"If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who? Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed... a necessary novel and one that literary history has been waiting for."

The New York Times Book Review
Exemplary... dazzling and ludicrous... Our reward for surrendering expectations that a novel should gather in clarity, rather than disperse into molecules, isn't anomie but delight." (Jonathan Lethem)

Wired magazine
"The book's real accomplishment is to claim the last decade as Pynchon territory, a continuation of the same tensions - between freedom and captivity, momentum and entropy, meaning and chaos - through which he has framed the last half-century."
Please sign in to review this product.
Bleeding Edge ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files.

File Size:
918 Kb
Copy From Text:
Other books by Thomas Pynchon
Inherent Vice ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas Pynchon
Inherent Vice
Thomas Pynchon
Vintage Digital, March 2015
ISBN: 9780099542162
Format: ePub
List Price: $14.38 Our price: $11.99
Bleeding Edge ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas Pynchon
Bleeding Edge
Thomas Pynchon
Vintage Digital, September 2013
ISBN: 9780224099028
Format: ePub
List Price: $14.38 Our price: $11.99
The Crying of Lot 49 ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas Pynchon
The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon
The Penguin Press, June 2012
ISBN: 9781101594605
Format: ePub
Our price: $8.99
Mason & Dixon ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas Pynchon
Mason & Dixon
Thomas Pynchon
The Penguin Press, June 2012
ISBN: 9781101594643
Format: ePub
List Price: $12.99 Our price: $5.99
Recently Viewed Products