Title: The Driftless Zone
Author: Harsch, Rick
Publisher: Steerforth Press, South Royalton
Publication Date: 1997
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: F
D-j Condition: NF
Comments: D-j has minor shelf wear. Tight copy.
Synopsis: Taxi driver Rick Harsch’s impressive first novel calls to mind the writings of William Gaddis, with its riotous characters and switchblade-sharp humor. Reflecting upon the hidden meaning of portents (particularly those relating to pigeons) is the forte of the main character, Spleen, slacker twin brother of a workaholic. But reflecting on the run becomes his survival tactic when he and The Sneering Brunette are in the wrong place at the wrong time and a contract is taken out on Spleen’s life. In the cynical language of the detective novel, Harsch packs each sentence with thought-teasing, hilarious considerations of tough street life in the big city of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.