Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
Novelist Henry Coop Cooper is contemplating a new book between sipping rum and lounging on a Baja beach with hotel owner Grady Doyle. Read more...
Publishers WeeklySTARRED REVIEW
Novelist Henry Coop Cooper is contemplating a new book between sipping rum and lounging on a Baja beach with hotel owner Grady Doyle. When Grady tries to save a drunk from two thugs, Coop tags along for the sake of a good story. The drunk is Ebbie Milch, a small-time thief on the run in Mexico because he has stolen the never-before-seen first draft of Ernest Hemingway s A Moveable Feast from a wealthy rare book dealer.
The stolen manuscript is more than just a rare piece of literary history. It reveals clues to an even bigger prize: the location of a suitcase the young, unpublished Hemingway lost in Paris in 1922. A year s worth of his stories had vanished, never to be seen again. Until now.
But Coop and Grady aren t the only ones with their eyes on this elusive literary prize, and what starts as a hunt for a legendary writer s lost works becomes a deadly adventure. For Coop this story could become the book of a lifetime . . . if he lives long enough to write it."
- ISBN-13: 9781633881754
- ISBN-10: 163388175X
- Publisher: Seventh Street Books
- Publish Date: July 2016
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-05-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Henry “Coop” Cooper, the narrator of Harris’s stellar debut, is thinking about murder—of his own pseudonym. When his first literary novel is widely panned, he turns to writing vampire romance novels under an assumed name—which are immediate bestsellers, to his unending shame and his agent’s glee. In remote Pendira, Mexico, Coop is taking a break on his agent’s orders, when he and Grady Doyle—the new owner of the dive hotel and bar Coop inhabits—interrupt the beating of a grifter, Ebenezer Milch, who has quite the story to tell. In Paris of 1922, an uncle of Milch’s stole the legendary suitcase containing Ernest Hemingway’s papers, and now a book collector with nefarious ties and hired assassins is after the suitcase. Coop winds up traveling across cartel-laden Mexico in a battered RV with an ex-DEA agent, a former hit man, and Milch in search of the suitcase, finding himself out of his depth at every turn. Filled with charming pop-culture references, this deft caper novel is by turns laugh-out-loud funny and poignant. Agent: Uwe Stender, Triada US Literary Agency. (July)