Publication Date: 01/02/2024 ISBN: 9781835010181 Category:

An Honest Living

Dwyer Murphy

Publisher: Bedford Square Publishers
Publication Date: 01/02/2024 ISBN: 9781835010181 Category:
Paperback / Softback




Brooklyn, mid-2000s. After leaving behind the comforts of a prestigious law firm, a restless attorney attempts to make ends meet by picking up odd jobs from a colourful assortment of clients. When the mysterious Anna Reddick turns up at his apartment with ten thousand dollars in cash and asks him to track down her missing husband, he trusts it will be an easy case. That is until the real Anna Reddick shows up – a magnetic but unpredictable literary prodigy – and he finds himself out of his depth and drawn into a series of deceptions involving Joseph Conrad novels, unscrupulous booksellers and seedy real estate developers.

Set against the tail end of the analogue era, An Honest Living is a gripping story of artistic ambition, obsession, and the small crimes we commit against one another every day.

Publisher Review

'Dwyer Murphy's An Honest Living is the lawyer-book-collector noir you never knew you craved' -- Jonathan Lethem 'A witty, observant debut that's as much a love letter to New York as it is a slick noir' -- Andrea Bartz 'A smart and stylishly rendered ode to literature lovers everywhere' * Chicago Review of Books 'Must Read Books of July' * 'Murphy's hard-boiled rendering of the city is nothing short of exquisite... For anyone who wants a portrait of this New York, few recent books have conjured it so vividly' * New York Times * 'A deliciously smart PI novel set in New York's antiquarian book world that channels Chandler and Chinatown to take us into a recent past that already feels like a bygone era. A brisk, funny, and fabulous debut.' -Adrian McKinty, author of The Island

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