Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn’s very own self appointed Human Freakshow an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark count and rip apart our language in the most startling and original ways Together with three veterans of the St Vincent’s Home for Boys he works for small time mobster Frank Minna’s limo service cum detective agency Life without Frank Minna the charismatic King of Brooklyn would be unimaginable so who cares if the tasks he sets them are well not exactly legal But when Frank is fatally stabbed one of Lionel’s colleagues lands in jail the other two vie for his position and the victim’s widow skips town Lionel’s world is suddenly topsy turvy and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation

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