THE DOUBLE: An Investigation.

Webb, Don,

ISBN 10: 0312191448 / ISBN 13: 9780312191443
Published by New York: St Martin's, (1999) dj, 1999
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Texas-born author's first novel. "It starts - as so many mysteries do - with a corpse. But in this case the dead man is different. Well, actually he's the same. He looks just like John Reynman. But Reynman has no twin. He has never seen the dead man before. How did the corpse wind up on Reynman's living room floor?" James Sallis (who is in 'Asylum') comments: 'There has to be something in the water in Austin, Texas. Guy sits down to write a nice little mystery and comes up with this?'. SIGNED on the title page with the comment "Signed in the home of John Reynman, Austin, TX." 242 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.). Bookseller Inventory # 68196

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Title: THE DOUBLE: An Investigation.

Publisher: New York: St Martin's, (1999) dj

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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When John Reynman stumbles upon a corpse on his living room floor, the body of a murder victim who looks just like him, he embarks on a dangerous investigation to uncover the dark secrets that led to the crime. A first novel.

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Ever have one of those days when you knew right from the start that things weren't going to go well? When freelance computer game text writer John Reynman comes down to pick up his mail, he finds a corpse in his living room, a tall man with gray eyes and bronze hair, black-rimmed glasses and two tattoos, a black rose over his heart, a logo for a rock group called the Electric Luddites on his left forearm. The man is a stranger, but what especially disturbs John (as if the smell weren't enough) is that the dead man is a dead ringer for him. In less time than it takes to fall into bed with Michelle Galen, the nubile lawyer he needs to get him out of the awkward situation his dead double has landed him in, sober-sided John is up to his pocket protector in suspicious cops, occultists, stray bullets, and members of the legendary Brotherhood of Something or Other (BOSO). Despite breaks for frequent bouts of athletically intellectual sex (His dick was harder than advanced calculus, etc.), none of the subsequent whimsy ever comes close to fulfilling the promise of that arresting opening tableau. Rolling-stone Webb's (Uncle Ovid's Exercise Book, 1988) first essay in the form starts bizarrely, then gets increasingly illogical and uncompellinglike The Crying of Lot 49 in reverse. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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