Thomas Pynchon writing noir detective novel

Thomas Pynchon is a famous recluse, his identity, career status and location always having been a subject of speculation. He hasn't published often, and now, less than two years after his unwieldy sixth novel, Against the Day (more than a thousand pages of what The Economist called "rambling, pompous and often completely incomprehensible" prose), news of a compact genre-novel hits.

Penguin Press has confirmed the publication of a new book by the reclusive writer. The novel is reportedly a noir detective story, about 400 pages long and set in the unrest of 1960s psychedelia. No title yet, but according to The LA Times, publication is set for August 2009.

Related links:
Thomas Pynchon on Google Books
LA Times: New Thomas Pynchon book on the way?

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