The Feral Detective

The Feral Detective

Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer in the desert outside of Los Angeles. She's on a quest to find her friend's missing daughter, Arabella, and hears that Heist is preternaturally good at finding people who don't want to be found. A loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist has a laconic, enigmatic nature that intrigues the sarcastic Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer in the desert outside of Los Angeles. She's on a quest to fin...

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Title:The Feral Detective
Author:Jonathan Lethem
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Feral Detective
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Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Feral Detective Reviews

  • Kemper
    Jan 16, 2019
    When I first saw the title The Feral Detective I imagined Humphrey Bogart as a werewolf. I guess if I want that book I?ll have to write it myself. Phoebe Siegler is a lady from New York who quits her media job after the election of 2016. To distract herself from thinking about the...
  • Brian
    Dec 05, 2018
    This book had some very good dogs. ...
  • Hans
    Jul 28, 2018
    There was a stretch of time that opening a Jonathan Lethem book was akin to discovering a new room inside my own brain. Perhaps this was in part due to shared geography (Oakland/Berkeley/Bay Area, Brooklyn), though just as much of his approach of bridging genres or layering the fantast...
  • Don Gorman
    Nov 21, 2018
    (3 1/2). I can't quite put my finger on what really tickled my fancy about this book. Could it be that Phoebe is such a cool, sort of protagonist? Is it that Charles Heist is almost an anti-protagonist, the ultimate mystery man? Is it the setting in a part of the California desert that...
  • Tony
    Nov 16, 2018
    THE FERAL DETECTIVE. (2018). Jonathan Lethem. ***. Disappointing. I have read most of this author?s earlier works and was eagerly awaiting this book. It turns out that he ended up with a same-old, same-old type of thriller based on the old story line of looking for a missing girl. ...
  • Ron Charles
    Nov 03, 2018
    ?The Feral Detective? is a brilliant noir title ? right down to its misdirection. Charles Heist, the mysterious man at the center of Jonathan Lethem?s new novel, is a detective of sorts, but he isn?t feral. He?s Clint Eastwood-cool, all self-contained and aloof, capable of ...
  • John
    Feb 04, 2019
    When mainstream novelists tackle the genres they can run the risk of reinventing the wheel, and -- although Lethem has past form with detective/noir fiction, in the form of Motherless Brooklyn, which I've owned for years but, shame on me, haven't yet read -- to a certain extent this is...
  • Sally Anne
    Dec 31, 2018
    Wow. This book is a hot mess, but not without its value and pleasure. The depiction of that part of Southern California includes some good observation of the area. The narrator, a female, is utterly unbelievable, but having Zosia Mamet read it made it tolerable if not compelling. ...
  • Kelly
    Nov 24, 2018
    I only read 1/3 of the book. I had to give it up because I disliked the characters so much, and the plot was icky, icky, icky. ...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Nov 16, 2018
    Even some 20 years after reading ?Motherless Brooklyn? I can still remember the enchantment of reading it. Since then I have been a devoted Jonathan Letham reader. Despite being in the midst of a couple other books, I dropped everything to read The Feral Detective. I was more excit...
  • Ned Frederick
    Nov 19, 2018
    The Feral Detective hums along nicely for the first third on narrator Phoebe's clever commentary and episodic horniness. Heist, the Feral Detective, is one taciturn, looming presence who does none of the heavy lifting required to carry the schizo narrative to its next stop on the crazy...
  • Adam
    Nov 24, 2018
    The Feral Detective is a book that defies description, in many ways. A detective novel? Yes. A romance? Pretty much. A satire for how to live in Trump's America? Sure. An in-depth look at Californian subcultures of mountain and desert people? Why not. Despite being all those things,...
  • Ellie
    Nov 23, 2018
    I generally love Jonathan Lethem: Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude are two of my most favorite books. I also really, really liked Dissident Gardens. So I hoped to like this in the same way. Which I didn't. But it may have suffered from the comparison. Phoebe Siegler ...
  • Stacia
    Jan 24, 2019
    Read about 100 pages. That was too many pages. I read that many only because I had a cat on my lap & it was the book I had within reach. Ditching it, though. Don't really like it, the main character comes across as a harpie (hate to even say that) & I can't say I really care ab...
  • carol.
    Feb 27, 2019
    Mostly, this book makes me sad. Should you read it? Only after you read all that other stuff. (view spoiler)[ I remember my last year in college, my last semester actually, when I was having a rather challenging time and wrote a short story about myself from my roommat...
  • Ben Ostrander
    Jan 02, 2019
    Clever writing with a scattershot, referential plot and I would have given it five stars but it ended without a good climax. It fizzled but maybe Lethem wanted to end it that way. Still, he's a really fine writer and I will probably read his next one. ...
  • Paula Lyle
    Dec 10, 2018
    As I read this I kept finding that my face was twisted into an expression of WTF. I just could not figure out why anyone was doing what they were doing. I didn't really like or dislike these people, I just didn't get them. Except for the feelings of loss, anger and astonishment at the ...
  • Lemar
    Nov 21, 2018
    Highest recommendation for this fever dream of a novel. Any purchase or perspective on the sense of unreality felt after the election of 2016, from the shock that millions of American adults were willing to trade the ideals of democracy for putting themselves First requires the deep di...
  • Georgette
    Aug 29, 2018
    Really, really out there. Not quite sure if I absorbed everything. I loved the characters of Phoebe and Heist. Lethem has a gift for creating unique characters. ...
  • Still
    Jan 02, 2019
    I enjoyed this novel even if it's received its share of so-so reviews from a number of hot shot professional critics. Lots of post-Trump election angst-riddled rants delivered in a first person narrative by a character of the female persuasion - a Brooklynite who quits her entry-lev...
  • Justin Tappan
    Dec 12, 2018
    This was a tough one to rank. I picked this book up because of a stream of glowing reviews. Couple that with a plot revolving around fringe weirdos in the Mojave and how could I say no? It seemed to tick all my boxes. I've never read Lethem before. He's a great writer who can rea...
  • Peter
    Nov 19, 2018
    I am trying to be nice, but just didn't like this book. From the political commentary, to the Rabbits and Bears, it seemed more like a child's book, except for the sex, which made the female lead character look like a school girl with a crush. Started like a detective noir, but ended w...
  • Jan
    Nov 10, 2018
    A 30ish New York woman heads to the LA area on the eve of the 2016 inauguration in search of an older friend?s missing daughter. I liked the snarky protagonist and the premise, but the second-half plot developments felt a little too crazy ass for me. Also, Lethem creates an LA rain s...
  • Bill Berger
    May 03, 2018
    What to make of this novel ? I've enjoyed all the previous Lethem books but this one leaves me cold, bored and asking whatever was he thinking. Starting out as a mystery of sorts, it soon regressed into a sort of love story. I finished it but not sure why. ...
  • Robert Blumenthal
    Dec 31, 2018
    Another hard boiled pulp novel from Jonathan Lethem, though this one was less effective for me than Motherless Brooklyn. Phoebe, a woman in her early thirties who lives in New York, is asked by a friend to help find Arabella, her college-aged daughter, who is probably somewhere in Sout...
  • Suzanne
    Oct 10, 2018
    The Feral Detective reminds me of those 1970s films that took place in California, involved strange esoteric groups of people living off the grid with copious drug use, often hallucinatory, that obscured the plot and everyone seemed to be under 30 yrs old. There was always a down and o...
  • Katherine
    Jul 14, 2018
    An entertaining read but felt the characters and scenarios felt contrived. When a male author writes in the voice of a female protagonist I try to keep that out of my mind and to not read the book through that lens, to be open to the character's and author's voices. But throughout this...
  • Ellison
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is more a fairy tale than a noir mystery. And the tale is told in a very amusing manner by a highly neurotic, smart, somewhat witty New Yorker who is as out of place in the eastern outskirts of Los Angeles as Dorothy is in Oz. ...
  • Candorman
    Dec 10, 2018
    Maybe a little higher than 2 but not a 3 for me. Interesting plot at times but I'm not a fan of men writing novels that are narrated by women. Women do it so much better, IMHO. Also, didn't bond with any of the characters, except for maybe the dogs. ...
  • Richard
    Nov 15, 2018
    This book started out as intriguing and fun, also quirky and a bit different. However I just couldn't relate to the protagonist Phoebe. I found her really annoying and couldn't see why there was any chemistry between her and Charles Heist. I did complete it but it was really hard...