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Bleeding Edge [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Pynchon
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Book Description

It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dotcom boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left.

Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her licence got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mum - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighbourhood - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course.

With occasional excursions into the Deep Web and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channelling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since.

Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?

Hey. Who wants to know?

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"Thomas Pynchon, America's greatest novelist, has written the greatest novel about the most significant events in his country's 21st century history. It is unequivocally a masterpiece." (Stuart Kelly Scotsman)

"It's dense, complex and riotously, ridiculously funny." (Esquire)

Book Description

Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143125753
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (17 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099590360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099590361
  • ASIN: B00EPKKO02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Thomas Pynchon is the author of V., The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Slow Learner, a collection of short stories, Vineland, Mason and Dixon and, most recently, Against the Day. He received the National Book Award for Gravity's Rainbow in 1974.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Despite the weight, it's Pynchon light 2 Nov. 2013
Pynchon's books generally remind me of rollercoasters: wild, thrilling rides that, ultimately, don't go anywhere. I don't mean this as a criticism: the fun is in the journey, not the plot resolution. This book, however, moves in a more linear fashion, more like a standard thriller.

The usual Pynchon features are here: the large cast of characters, the learning, the humour, the hipster prose, the paranoid speculations, the grumbles about capitalism, the sentences that go on forever... but there are fewer digressions, fewer allusions and fewer songs than in his best works. (Not that having fewer songs is a bad thing.) Much of the story is told in dialogue and pseudo-dialogue: conversations from which we get the highlights and a summary. This makes it a light, fast read.

Of course, it's about a conspiracy. Some dotcom company with a silly name is up to mysterious, evil things. Pleasingly, this time, the conspiracy is not just paranoia; it doesn't just dissolve as the book moves on. However, it's also not of the global, or even cosmic scope of the conspiracies hinted at in Pynchon's other books. The resolution is also undramatic: the Truth Of It All is revealed sometime before the end, in one of those many conversations (probably in a cafe with a humorous name, I forget).

From the start you know we're moving towards the 11th of September, 2001. If anybody can capture such a day in prose I would expect it to be Pynchon. However, he keeps a respectful distance. When the towers do fall, they do so between paragraphs. When they're gone, when the secrets of the plot have been (partially) exposed in an uneventful fashion, the book reveals itself to be about something else, actually. Something to do with family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleeding Superb! 2 Feb. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Firstly, a gripe. I went to buy this from my local branch of Waterstones; support local shops and all that (sorry Amazon!), they'd had one copy that they had sold and weren't expecting anymore for a while. What! The greatest master of English prose of his generation and they had one copy to sell? Is Britain becoming illiterate; or is the only request for here today gone tomorrow star biogs, cookery and gardening books, and JK Rowling of course (if you haven't tried the Casual Vacancy yet don't bother; it's casually vacant.) So I bought it from, you guessed it Amazon! Well done Amazon!!
Anyway, Bleeding Edge. Well as some other the reviews have suggested, this is Pynchon with a coherent (more or less) plot that doesn't go racing off after red herrings for 20 pages. It is funny, in that Pynchonesque way, clever, literate but not always high brow. It is also, brilliantly, about America after 9/11. Although the event occurs roughly 3/4 of the way through the book, and is never directly described (another brilliant Pynchon observation, most of the people in the book who see it, see it through the medium of the television, just like most of the world.), a sinister, lurking, never quite seen or described menace haunts the book, brilliantly given vague shape by the odd, possibly dangerous, parallel world of the deep internet.
If you've read Pynchon before you'll love it. If you've never read Pynchon try it, this is what good writing looks like. No I'll re-phrase that, this is what fantastically good writing looks like. For example, look at the way he brilliantly captures different modes of New York speak and accent, through phrasing and spelling alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon is story about New York City twelve years ago, that begins after the dotcom crisis and goes through to a several months after the 9/11 happened. And if you love New York City than you should read this book, because I can remember only few books that portrayed it so well.

If you have heard about Pynchon works prior to this book than you probably know what you can expect from him. His last book is marvelous piece about urban living in the most beautiful city in the world, that fully transfer reader to the years in which the action takes place, making us a part of the turbulent times through which the city was then passing.

The book's main character is Maxine Tarnow who is specialist in fraud investigation business. Due to the fact that her legal license was revoked and due to her private obligations being mom of two small kids, she cannot afford to be at home doing nothing. She began following her own ethics, feeling no guilt hacking into other people's accounts because she has to feed her family. When she will begin dealing with finances of one computer firm she will find herself mixed up with several unpleasant characters that include drug runner, Russian mobsters and hackers. Unfortunately for her, some of them will soon die...

"Bleeding Edge" is good thriller that is well-written, funny and exciting. And although this is the crime book, there are numerous occasions when reader will be smiling reading it. Partly due to the authenticity because it allows reader to remember everything that was happening those years, or due to the ridiculous situations in which the main character participate.

"Bleeding Edge" is type of book that you can start reading again next minute after you read last page.
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I really liked this one and I've read everything by Pynchon. There's approximately a laugh a paragraph. And often enough it's quality laughing. Read more
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