After a flu pandemic, a large-scale terrorist attack, and the
total collapse of Wall Street, New York City is reduced to a shadow
of its former self. As the city struggles to dig itself out of the
wreckage, a nameless, obsessive-compulsive veteran with a spotty
memory, a love for literature, and a strong if complex moral code
(that doesn't preclude acts of extreme violence) has taken up
residence at the main branch of the New York Public Library on 42nd
Dubbed "Dewey Decimal" for his desire to reorganize the
library's stock, our protagonist (who will reappear in the next
novel in this series) gets by as bagman and muscle for New York
City's unscrupulous district attorney. Decimal takes no pleasure in
this kind of civic dirty work. He'd be perfectly content alone
amongst his books. But this is not in the cards, as the DA calls on
Dewey for a seemingly straightforward union-busting job.
What unfolds throws Dewey into a bloody tangle of violence,
shifting allegiances, and old vendettas, forcing him to face the
darkness of his own past and the question of his buried
With its high body count and snarky dialogue, "The Dewey Decimal
System" pays respects to Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, and
Jim Thompson. Healthy amounts of black humor and speculative
tendencies will appeal to fans of Charlie Huston, Nick Tosches,
Duane Swierczynski, Victor Gischler, Robert Ferrigno, and early
Nathan Larson is best known as an award-winning film music
composer, having created the scores for over thirty movies such as
"Boys Don't Cry," "Dirty Pretty Things," and "The Messenger." In
the 1990s he was the lead guitarist for the influential prog-punk
outfit Shudder to Think. This is his first novel. Larson lives in
Harlem, New York City, with his wife and son.
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