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Titel: The Superlative Man
Verlag: Farrar Straus Giroux
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
0374272093 Near fine in near fine dust jacket. First edition.* Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NT920SD9191
Inhaltsangabe: A thriller in the vein of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett follows a cub reporter's underground efforts to reveal the unflattering truth about the so-called Superlative Man, the metropolis's superhero and possibly a fraud. A first novel.
Rezension: Here is yet another lawyer turning literary aspirations to laurels. Although a thriller and a mystery, Herbert Thomas's The Superlative Man is unlike the works of John Grisham or Lisa Scottoline, whose tenure in the trade gives readers more than a peek at courtroom dramas and the gnarly machinations of the law. Herbert Thomas has decided to pick on Superman--well, the generic superhero, anyway. But this hero, the Superlative Man (SM), is a bit suspect--at least, according to protagonist Harvey Gander. After all, this exemplary guy killed--albeit accidentally--Harvey's parents. When asked by his newspaper, The Metropolitan Meteor, to write a story about the people rescued by SM, Harvey uncovers a plot to expose the hero as a fake. Further investigation turns up a very troubling fact: Superlative Man's rescues are all mysteriously being picked off.
Along with this hugely entertaining premise comes Thomas's tribute to the noir genre. Taking his stylistic cue from the hard-boiled private investigator prose of the '40s, he adds a '90s twist that is both spoof and celebration of the movie superheroes we've come to love all over again.
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