Book: Outerborough Blues - A Brooklyn Mystery by Andrew Cottocategories: Book, Literary Fiction, Gentrification, Race, Food, Brooklyn Mystery
Andrew Cottoabout this book: OUTERBOROUGH BLUES: A BROOKLYN MYSTERY is a literary mystery, combining traditions of literary fiction and suspenseful mystery. The novel's readers have come from fans of various genres. Publishers Weekly wrote that the novel "reads like Raymond Chandler taking dictation from Walt Whitman." Mystery Scene Magazine wrote that "Outerborough Blues is as close to perfect as it gets; the best book to come around in a long, long time."
My intention was to write a story about a drifter who finds himself immersed in a mystery that tests his relationship with identity and home. Since the character, Caesar Stiles, is reserved, I had to use his eye for details and description in order to provide insight into his character. It works well, resulting in a unique relationship between reader and narrator. I also wanted to explore the theme of gentrification, and Brooklyn in the early 90s provides the perfect backdrop for this. The story takes place over the course of one week, which fuels the dramatic tension which begins on day one.
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