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Mystery Girl – “Awkwardly Weird L.A.”

October 7, 2013

Mystery Girl 

Mystery Girl

David Gordon, 2013, 320 pages

Thomas & Mercer, $15 hardback

This is a very smart, very stupid book. The discussion of literature and the movies is profound. The plot, twists and ending are stupid, stupid, stupid. It’s the kind of book you have to finish, though being tempted many times to throw it across the room. For one thing, it starts out with a kind of Mycroft Holmes who the narrator is going to do the legwork for, gets stuck in a quagmire of confusing female identity, and then ends so improbably that a day after you can’t remember what the hell happened.

The scene I liked best was where the main character is debating with his movie geek friend over what they are going to watch that night. The worst is a labored description of the first two movies in a pornographic trilogy that seems endless. Yes, I do remember the mid sixties and endless movies that did nothing, but please let me forget. As bad as film might be today, at least it doesn’t do that.

I would go out of my way to avoid any further books by this author. That’s how angry I am about this waste of time. The narrator works in a used book store. Let me recommend this for the author. And…while you’re there…read some of the stuff on the shelves.

1 out of 5_edited-1

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