March 10, 2015
Josh Cook at River Run in Portsmouth, NH on March 10
142 Fleet St.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Join Josh Cook for a reading from his debut novel, An Exaggerated Murder, at River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH. A longtime bookseller at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA, Cook has written a brilliant take on the classic detective novel.
Trike Augustine may be a brainiac with deductive skills to rival Sherlock Holmes, but those skills aren’t doing him any good at solving the case of a missing gazillionaire when the clues are so stupefyingly—well, stupid.
As the increasing reality that Trike’s life (and his sidekicks’) are in danger sets in, Cook lifts this astonishing debut beyond its hilarious premise—a smart man befuddled by the idiotic—and turns it into something more than a smart homage to Sherlock Holmes. It becomes a compelling and compulsive thriller, with prose that is often as breathtaking as the tale itself.
Praise for An Exaggerated Murder
“The writing throughout is so crystalline, the dialogue so acerbically funny and the characters so engaging as to make the pages seem as though they’re turning themselves.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“An engrossing, dizzyingly smart plot; flawless comic timing; some of the grittiest sentences this side of Hammett—one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in years.”
—Christopher Boucher, author of How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive