THOMAS PYNCHON, INHERENT VICE

Our counterculture-lit hero takes a surprise trip into Big Lebowski territory, setting a pothead P.I. on the trail of a missing real-estate magnate in post-Manson California.

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon [The Penguin Press, $28]

Our counterculture-lit hero takes a surprise trip into Big Lebowski territory, setting a pothead P.I. on the trail of a missing real-estate magnate in post-Manson California. Typical Pynchonian high jinks ensue as the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing detective encounters bottomless conspiracies, beachside psychics, and all-too-frequent references to the land of Lemuria. Timothy Hodler

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