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The Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem review: a high-wire allegory of America today | Books

A PI and a writer search for a missing student in Jonathan Lethem’s latest subversive take on classic American noirJonathan Lethem’s breakthrough as a writer came from deconstructing the apparatus of the thriller and putting the pieces back together in unhinged ways. His Motherless Brooklyn won the National Book Critics Circle award in 1999 for exploding the most laconic of American archetypes, giving us a private detective with Tourette’s syndrome, a man who could never keep his sleuthing to hi...