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A Man Named Doll Reviews

A Man Named Doll by Jonathan Ames

A Man Named Doll

Jonathan Ames

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Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication date: 29 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781782276999

An offbeat, blackly comic thriller from the author of You Were Never Really Here.

  • The TimesThriller Book of the Month
5 stars out of 5
13 Apr 2021

"Motel, money, murder, madness: it has all you need to keep you happy"

Like the streets of LA at night, Jonathan Ames’s sentences are long and fast and can end in something fatal. The template, of course, is Raymond Chandler and especially Ross Macdonald’s Lew Archer, with a dash of Chinatown — like Jack Nicholson in that film, Happy is bandaged up early on, a handicap exploited by the thugs with whom he tangles. Yet Ames’s keen-eyed observations of the city make this a contemporary noir, its frequently macabre goings-on shot through with darkly comic flourishes.