Jack Fish

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Soho Press, Incorporated, 2004 - Fiction - 217 pages
3 Reviews

“A comedic noir [that] brims throughout with hyperspecific detail and hipster patois. . . . I was, uh, fairly hooked.”—Henry Alford, The New York Times Book Review

“Zany, bouncy, endlessly droll. . . . Through the eyes of a true foreigner New York seems more grimy, eccentric, and alive than ever.”—Publishers Weekly

“Greatly entertaining.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“A pure pleasure.”—Booklist

“A breezy romp through downtown’s metrosexual underbelly.”—The Village Voice

“A wild ride through a groovy new novelist’s imagination.”—James Ellroy

“An astonishing literary debut. . . . No doubt about it, Jack Fish will blow you out of the water.”—Eric Garcia

“Hard-boiled yet comedic, realistic yet absurd—Jack Fish is a noir story told in technicolor. It also puts in time as a real love letter to New York City. J Milligan is a great new writer, and this is a great new book.”—Jonathan Ames

Somewhere off Coney Island, paddling through the seaweed and Styrofoam, is secret agent Jack Fish. As an operative of the Elders of Atlantis, he is to locate their enemy and spear him.

Staggering out of the water, Jack begins his odyssey into the strange city of New York. He’s concerned about adjusting, but he discovers the Topworld is teeming with air-breathers who seem as alien as he feels. (“You’re from Atlanta?”) If he can make it here, he can make it anywhere.

Jack Fish is just another dude from out of town, hanging out at the Mermaid Diner, scratching the webbing between his toes.

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User Review  - joeltallman - LibraryThing

What is this book? About a guy from Atlantis who gasps upon the shore of New York City on an assassination mission? Is it just stupid or what? Well, somehow it works. Read full review

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User Review  - amberwitch - LibraryThing

A disappointing book. Too much and not enough at the same time. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

\J Milligan is the co-author of a nonfiction book, The Wisdom of Big Bird and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch (Villard 2003). He has been published in The New Yorker and XXL magazine and on word.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the artist Amy Yang, and their daughter. Jack Fish is his first novel.

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