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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,809 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Lethem Narrator: Nick Sullivan Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems—not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. 

In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time. But when the doctor turns up dead, our amiable investigator finds himself caught in the crossfire in a futuristic world that is both funny—and not so funny.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This colorful first novel is a fast and lively read, full of humorous visions and outlandish predicaments.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Tight plotting create a taut sf thriller that should appeal to both sf and mystery fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Amid its smartly delivered first-person narration and crackling dialogue, even a tough-talking kangaroo that intermittently tangles with Metcalf seems plausible. An outstanding debut for a welcome new voice in both sf and mysteries.”


  • “Marries Chandler’s style and Philip K. Dick’s vision…An audaciously assured first novel.”


  • “Marvelous…Stylish, intelligent, darkly humorous and highly readable entertainment.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick for 10 Best Genre-Bending Books

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mizmoose | 2/19/2014

    " This is one of my most highly recommended books. It's sci-fi. It's "noir." It's a mystery. It's screwed up. It's insane. It's funny. I love it to pieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by -kevin- | 2/15/2014

    " An entertaining book which weaves ideas from many other books. He definitely plays the Burgess card and gives us 'make.' The mystery is straight Spillane, complete with twists and love triangles. While I wasn't wild about it, I would recommend it as a good book to bring balance to the SciFi genre, as it works for a mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 2/15/2014

    " Super weird science-fiction noir tale. Lethem's writing is clear, lively, and hilarious, though the plot seemed secondary to me and I really wasn't all that intrigued by the mystery. Good and strange, nontheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin | 2/12/2014

    " This one barely eked out three stars, mainly because of the horrendous sexism. The cover touted the influence of Philip K. Dick, but I think his hatred of women is an unnecessary hallmark of his "style," and certainly not worth imitating. On the good side, I found the "evolved animal" aspect of this story to be pretty amusing--RUN! IT'S THE KILLER KANGAROOOO! I don't know if I'd necessarily recommend this one, but as a detective noir novel, it stuck firmly within the (sexist) genre while adding some interesting new sci-fi twists. "

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