VSL// A deliciously funny tale of literary con games

How many novels begin with a Milli Vanilli quote? In the case of the funny and sharp The Thieves of Manhattan, by Adam Langer , the lyric “Girl you know it’s true” is particularly apt, as this clever tale blurs fact and fiction to riotous effect.

Ian Minot is a disgruntled coffee barista who yearns to crack the literary world’s inner circle, but no one seems to want to publish his sensitive short fiction. Not helping matters is Blade Markham, author of a best-selling street memoir that may or may not be fabricated, who has just made off with Minot’s girlfriend (who herself just hit the big time with her debut novel). When Ian’s approached by a stranger with an idea to repackage a crime novel as memoir, the best-made plans (as usual) go completely haywire. It’s hard to predict where this satiric send-up of the publishing world is going to go, but it’s such an entertaining read that you’ll be willing to follow through every twist and unbelievable turn.

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VSL// A deliciously funny tale of literary con games