Dead Do Not Improve: A Novel

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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.

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When struggling writer Philip Kim is dragged into a complex mystery after his neighbor is murdered, Sid Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pockmarked partner, Jim Kim, land the case. Philip becomes the baffled focus of an elaborate, violent scheme that seems tied to his neighbor's murder, and the cops think he might be involved. With an intelligent narrative voice that that moves effortlessly between hilarity, satire, poignancy, and madcap digressions, Kang has written a trippy, self-aware novel obsessed with the Virginia Tech massacre, surfing, and identity.

Now with Extra Libris material, including an essay from Jay Caspian Kang!

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Author Jay Caspian Kang
Publisher Hogarth Books
Page Count 272pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8
Publication Notes Softcover, deckle edge, with flaps
Publication Date May 2013
ISBN 978-0307953896

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