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JACK KEROUAC AND WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS, AND THE HIPPOS WERE BOILED IN THEIR TANKS

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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs [Grove Press, $24]

More than a decade before they published their period-defining novels, the two cowrote this WWII-era detective novel based on their involvement in a friend's murder—a work that illuminates the links between Sam Spade and Sal Paradise, noir nihilism and Beat exuberance. Timothy Hodler

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