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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Gordon Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464670
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In this stylish, darkly funny psychological thriller, a struggling writer finds his life suddenly resembling one of his own pulp novels when a convicted serial killer hires him to write his memoir.

All Harry Bloch knows about catching a serial killer is what he has learned from his own books. But Harry’s life takes a sudden dramatic turn when the Photo Killer, a high-profile murderer who claims to be innocent, asks Harry to write his memoir. No sooner has Harry begun his research than several women are murdered in the Photo Killer’s signature style, just hours after Harry interviewed them. Now Harry is a prime suspect—or is he the killer’s next target? Forced to play detective in a real-life murder mystery plot, Harry begins to seek the real killer and turns up more than he could have imagined.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This noir sendup turns out to be a real killer debut…The book is funny, with a satirical edge, and unlike some literary authors who play with genre, Gordon knows how to write a potboiler.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “David Gordon has gathered up our cultural trash and made of it something magnificentThe Serialist makes high art out of serial murders, pornography, soup dumplings, and pulp fiction. I adore this book!”

    Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

  • “Winning…A darkly humorous thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Pinchot’s storytelling ably transitions from the narrative voice of the self-deprecating Jewish author to that of the truly evil man in prison. Other characters [are also] well portrayed…Pinchot negotiates all these elements with alacrity and humor.”

    AudioFile

  • “A tour de force debut.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2011 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/11/2014

    " sarcastic, witty, humorous, and a little bit scary! i loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/6/2014

    " LOVED this book! After I finished it, I felt not unlike the way I did after I saw "Pulp Fiction" for the first time. It was exhilarating, freaky, and enormously entertaining. Sensational read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 2/4/2014

    " I was afraid this rather meta-literary meta-pulp mystery would be too fey, too clever for its own good, but author is aware of this trap and thus far has avoided it successfully. I'm digging this!....Now done with it: could be called pulp literariness, and it's done well. Reminds me of the movie _Adaptation_ in that at a certain point plot HAS to come into the forefront and yet the piece doesn't want to back down from its self-awareness. It's a fine line to walk but Gordon manages it well. It's worth reading others' reviews to get a sense of what the plot is all about; I'm too lazy to retell! A fun read and a smart one, too. (I'd actually give this 3.5 stars.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/23/2014

    " Well written. Not exactly a thriller as its billed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christen | 1/21/2014

    " A nice, albeit raunchy, murder mystery book. Some of the supporting cast could have used some fleshing out but the narrator was a good character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Deaver | 1/1/2014

    " Great book. It was his first novel. I loved the fact that the protagonist was not some machismo infused gun nut. The protagonist could be anyone of us. The dark comedy sealed the deal for me. If you're in for a good mystery and dark humor check it out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bridget | 12/30/2013

    " I think Gordon has enormous talent, but I was not the biggest fan of this book. It moves somewhat abruptly from dime novel to philosophical meditation on violence and evil. Perhaps if i knew what I was in for, it would have been a bit easier to digest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vegantrav | 12/30/2013

    " a meta-fictional murder mystery at times funny and at times very macabre but intriguing from beginning to end . . . the frame story (a hack novelist helping a death row serial killer write his memoirs) and the interspersed fragments of the hack novelist's stories (neo-gothic vampire tales, supernatural detective thrillers, and sci-fi erotica) with the narrator's (the hack novelist's) reflections on this novel and on literature in general: quite clever and witty . . . . makes for great reading on cold winter evenings (or, for that matter, anytime at all) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zach | 12/27/2013

    " A great surprise. A serial-killer book with a sense of humor? I guess that's how I'd categorize it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mariah Steele | 11/27/2013

    " I wish I could give this more than 5 stars--it's brilliant. Very funny, very dark, very smart, very well-written. It's one of those books I wanted to start again as soon as I'd finished it. I can see how it's not for everyone, but I thought is was fantastic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 10/16/2013

    " Wonderful writing, terrific protagonist, clever idea. Really enjoyed this one. So many wonderful things to say about writing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/4/2013

    " y 2eyb6ard has a 05nd 6f 5ts 6wn t6day s6 n6 rev5ew f6r n6w. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 9/15/2013

    " It started off well and progressed nicely, but I really felt the 3rd act was a letdown. Plus I didn't like the fake novel chapters interspersed throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zhi Xin Lee | 7/12/2013

    " There's quite some heart in this book as it mixes together metafiction and themes of art and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 6/20/2013

    " This was a fun book to read, except for the last chapter which made very little sense and didn't add anything interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 6/14/2013

    " I read about 60 pages of this book and wondered why it was published. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E.J. Knapp | 2/26/2013

    " A most interesting twist on a writer's story. Very different, very fresh. Excellent writing, excellent pace and great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arielle | 11/27/2012

    " Pretty good & cheesy, would classify as vacation reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Meyer | 6/22/2011

    " A story within a story? Harry Bloch is a writer of pulp: pornography, pronographic sci-fi, vampires, etc. A death row inmate contacts him to write his story. Harry is now inmeshed into the mystery of current murders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 6/20/2011

    " Nominated for best original paperback for the Edgars. I liked it but man it is pretty bloody. Interesting take on the typical mystery I have to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amos | 5/23/2011

    " Absorbing page turner about a serial killer who's locked behind bars when the murders begin anew. 3 1/2 stars, yo....

    getyousome "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ka | 2/19/2011

    " I enjoyed this book up to about page 300. That is when the serial killer makes a detailed, very gory cheerful confession of multiple murders and disembowlments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/15/2011

    " Started off very funny and ended up a little gruesome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 2/12/2011

    " Well written. Not exactly a thriller as its billed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 EJ | 1/7/2011

    " A most interesting twist on a writer's story. Very different, very fresh. Excellent writing, excellent pace and great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/19/2010

    " Hands down the best mystery I've read in ages. Smart, witty and spot-on, this manages to invoke the genre classics without seeming cliche. "

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About the Author
Author David Gordon

David Gordon is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia MFA program and also holds a master’s in English and comparative literature from Columbia. He has worked as a screenwriter and a magazine editor. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.