79. Inherent vice

Inherent vice - Thomas PynchonPicked this up finally on the news that the director of Magnolia had optioned it for film. After the long hard slog of Gravity’s Rainbow, this felt like Pynchon Lite: all the strange obsessions, the evil conspiracies and capers, the fixation on the 60s, with none of the calories. A little forgettable: Doc Sportello is a hippie detective in California in the early 70s, chasing down a real estate tycoon who may or may not have been involved in both a drug-smuggling operation called the Golden Fang and a rogue police assassination squad that… aw, never mind. Beach book.

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