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The Dead Do Not Improve: A Novel (edición 2012)

por Jay Caspian Kang (Autor)

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On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation he becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme.… (más)
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Título:The Dead Do Not Improve: A Novel
Autores:Jay Caspian Kang (Autor)
Info:Hogarth (2012), 272 pages
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I got bored halfway through the audiobook's narration and quit reading. Maybe you will have more luck with it than I did...? ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
A very satisfying evocation of San Francisco, but basically I don't know what to make of this. Moments of greatness with many more moments of confusion. ( )
  kylenapoli | Sep 27, 2012 |
In The Dead Do Not Improve, protagonist Philip Kim inhabits the frightening, seedy underworld of San Francisco, one the tourists never see. When his neighbor, who he calls the “child molester” for no good reason, is murdered, and he unwittingly makes eye contact with a member of a notorious street gang, Kim holes up in a shabby hotel.
At the same time, police offer Sid Keanu Finch, who is investigating the woman’s murder, encounters troubles of his own. When he goes to interview Miles Hofspaur, an “entrepreneur” in the pornography industry, Finch ends up passing out after ingesting a bee pollen smoothie at the Being Abundance Cafeteria.
Author Jay Caspian Kang writes in a cynical, stream of consciousness style that is somewhat reminiscent of Holden Caulfield, especially when main character Philip Kim remembers his drug-enhanced college days on the East Coast in that dreamy way that college often invokes, as he throws in random and sometimes obscure titles of books and movies. But he is definitely writing from a California perspective, even referring to a Virginia – North Carolina Interstate highway as “the” 85, a pure southern California idiom.
As he carries the reader along with small bursts of text, Kang reveals Kim’s and Finch’s inner thoughts as they both struggle to discover who has killed an innocent woman, and why Philip Kim is now a target.
Written is short bursts of prose that populate the chapters, Kang uses an energy and originality in his writing to paint of picture of people and a city that seem to be just below the surface of reality.

(As published in Suspense Magazine) ( )
  kathleen.heady | Jul 3, 2012 |
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On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation he becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme.

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