Author(s): Robert Coover
With impeccable skill, Robert Coover, one of America's pioneering postmodernists, has taken the classic genre of the noir detective story and turned it inside-out. Here, Coover is at the top of his form, and Noir is a true page-turner - wry, absurd, and desolate. You are Philip M. Noir, Private Investigator. A mysterious young widow hires you to find her husband's killer. If he was killed. Then your client is killed and her body disappears. If it was your client. Your search for clues takes you through all levels of the city, from classy lounges to lowlife dives, from jazz bars to a rich sex kitten's bedroom, from yachts to the morgue. 'The Case of the Vanishing Black Widow' unfolds over five days above ground and three or four in smugglers' tunnels, though flashback and anecdote, and expands time into something much larger. You don't always get the joke, though most people think what's happening to you is pretty funny.
'As his dazzling career continues to demonstrate, Mr. Coover is a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force' New York Times 'A brilliant parody of noir and hardboiled fiction and film.' Michael Lipkin, New York Journal of Books 'Coover's stories are serious entertainments, devoted to play.' Harry Kunzru, The Guardian 'Coover is a brilliant writer' Spectator
Robert Coover teaches at Brown University, and lives in London and Providence, Rhode Island. He is the author of many plays, novels and short story collections, including The Universal Baseball Association, Inc, Pricksongs and Descants and Gerald's Party. His work has won the William Faulkner Award and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award.