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The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang - Excerpt

The Dead Do Not Improve by Jay Caspian Kang - Excerpt

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Hailed as The Awl’s 2012’s novel to anticipate, this glorious debut stars hippie detectives, a singular city, and an MFA student on the run.

On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation and becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme, he will learn far more than he ever wanted to about his former four-eggs-at-a-time borrowing neighbor Dolores Stone, aka “The Grey Beaver,” and her shocking connections to an underworld only a city like this one could create.

Siddhartha “Sid” Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim, land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafes, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who’s causing trouble in this city they love to hate.

Exceedingly unique, pulsing with vigor and heart, and loaded with fierce, fresh language, The Dead Do Not Improve confirms Jay Caspian Kang as a true American original as obsessed with surfing and surviving as with the power of unforgettable storytelling.

To read more about The Dead Do Not Improve or Jay Caspian Kang please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.
Hailed as The Awl’s 2012’s novel to anticipate, this glorious debut stars hippie detectives, a singular city, and an MFA student on the run.

On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation and becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme, he will learn far more than he ever wanted to about his former four-eggs-at-a-time borrowing neighbor Dolores Stone, aka “The Grey Beaver,” and her shocking connections to an underworld only a city like this one could create.

Siddhartha “Sid” Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim, land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafes, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who’s causing trouble in this city they love to hate.

Exceedingly unique, pulsing with vigor and heart, and loaded with fierce, fresh language, The Dead Do Not Improve confirms Jay Caspian Kang as a true American original as obsessed with surfing and surviving as with the power of unforgettable storytelling.

To read more about The Dead Do Not Improve or Jay Caspian Kang please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Jul 27, 2012
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 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidentseither are the product of the author’s imagination or are usedfictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead,events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2012 by Jay Caspian Kang All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Hogarth, an imprint of the CrownPublishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.comHOGARTH is a trademark of the Random House Group Limited, and theH colophon is a trademark of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data isavailable upon request.ISBN 978-0-307-95388-9eISBN 978-0-307-95390-2Printed in the United States of America
Book design by Maria Elias  Jacket design and hand lettering by Gray318  Jacket illustration by Christopher Brand  Author photograph by Eric Wolfinger 
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Uh yes, " fiction." You should not have used BAD VIBE in your novel. he is as real as you portray. Signed - BVB
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