9780143124955

The Secret History of Las Vegas A Novel

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143124955

  • ISBN10:

    0143124951

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-07
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Summary

A gritty, riveting, and wholly original murder mystery from PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author and 2015 Edgar Awards finalist Chris Abani

Before he can retire, Las Vegas detective Salazar is determined to solve a recent spate of murders. When he encounters a pair of conjoined twins with a container of blood near their car, he’s sure he has apprehended the killers, and enlists the help of Dr. Sunil Singh, a South African transplant who specializes in the study of psychopaths. As Sunil tries to crack the twins, the implications of his research grow darker. Haunted by his betrayal of loved ones back home during apartheid, he seeks solace in the love of Asia, a prostitute with hopes of escaping that life. But Sunil’s own troubled past is fast on his heels in the form of a would-be assassin.

Suspenseful through the last page, The Secret History of Las Vegas is Chris Abani’s most accomplished work to date, with his trademark visionary prose and a striking compassion for the inner lives of outsiders.

Author Biography

CHRIS ABANI is the author of the acclaimed novels GraceLand, which was shortlisted for the Dublin International IMPAC Award and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The Virgin of the Flames, a New York Times Editors' Choice selection, as well as several collections of poetry.  He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN USA Open Book Award and PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and has three Pushcart nominations to his name.  He was born in Nigeria and currently teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

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