Author: James Terry
Smartly disguised as a textured and playful homage to the best hardboiled American noir, Heir Apparent is in fact a sophisticated literary game with numerous levels and surprising twists, which instead of asking readers “who is the murderer?”, asks “who is the detective?”.
Eddie King wakes up one morning with a splitting headache to find two cops in his room, questioning him about the murder of a man named Walter Morris, a writer of detective novels. Thus begins this metafictional novel about a Chandleresque detective accused of a murder he didn’t commit. In the process of seeking answers, he discovers that all of the writer’s novels are based on his own cases. Further investigation leads him to the writer’s widow, with whom he begins an increasingly intimate relationship. Based on Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, this novel takes the reader on a strange journey with a detective who in the end may be nothing more than the figment of a writer’s imagination.
ENGLISH (World) | Skyhorse