He solved the case of the missing parakeets. Now if he could only figure out who he was... Jules Feiffer works his easy-going wit and biting social satire into his second novel Ackroyd, which begins as a parody of the Raymond Chandler school of detective fiction, but ultimately asks the age-old question: Is identity merely a metaphysical conceit? A shamus who may or may not be a sham, Roger Ackroyd (named after the victim in Agatha Christie's most shocking novel) is hired to investigate a case of writer's block by sports writer Oscar Plante. Over the course of five years, in between the bonhomie of Elaine's and tangling with unconventional femmes fatales, Ackroyd's personality begins to merge with his client's as he acquires his ex-wife, his mistress and, eventually, his craft. In Ackroyd, Feiffer uses the detective genre to further his investigations into human neuroses, and to re-imagine the artist as a young sleuth forced to cope with a corrupt world.
Originally published in 1977, and out of print for over 30 years, Fantagraphics Books is proud to reissue Ackroyd in a completely redesigned edition.
About: Hired to investigate a case of writer's block by sports writer Oscar Plante, Roger Ackroyd finds his personality merging with that of his client as he tangles with a series of unconventional femme fatales and tangles with an ex-wife and mistress.
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