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Now You See Him

3.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  603 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Read the novel that critics could not stop talking about. Now You See Him, by award-winning author Eli Gottlieb, has been praised as “gorgeous, winning… deft and sharp,” (USA Today), “irresistible… moving,” (New York Times Book Review) and “a fast, haunting read,” (Entertainment Weekly).



With extraordinarily luxuriant and evocative prose, Gottlieb takes us deep into the hu
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Unknown Binding, 272 pages
Published by William Morrow & Company (first published January 1st 2009)
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Amanda
Nov 29, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, blog
Nick Framingham is coping, albeit poorly, with the loss of his best friend, Rob Castor, a writer of some repute whose devil-may-care attitude the more introverted Nick envied throughout their childhood. We know from the beginning that Rob killed his girlfriend and then himself, leading to a media firestorm that elevates his fame following his final hours and makes his small hometown the center of national attention. What we don't know is why Nick, months later, is refusing to move on and instead ...more
Jim
Feb 24, 2009 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Now You See Him by Eli Gottlieb is a bedeviling book. A writer from a small town who rises swiftly to fame with the publication of a brilliant collection of short stories. That fame, however, is nothing compared to the media shitstorm that arises when the author, Rob Castor, shoots his lover and then himself. Though I tend to run from stories about writers, particularly moody-broody, prone to murder types, the suicide angle proved irresistible.

The novel is narrated in the first person from the p
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Katie
Jan 05, 2008 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Supposed to be a Literary Mystery, but misses both marks in the effort.

Cringe: the narrator describes his wife as having "extremely shapely hands." Shapely hands! I am often bothered by the way women are described by male authors, but this one defies explanation (no, she is not a piano player or anything hand-oriented.) I'm turned off, now, and turn a cranky, suspicious eye to his adverbally-abusive prose.

Lesson: don't name your (unreliable, morally ambiguous, worshipful-of-his-charismatic-yet
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Lesa
Mar 20, 2008 Lesa added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people I'd like to confuse.
Weird little freak of a book - hard to like any of the characters. I found his relationship with nearly everyone bizarre - but especially with his wife. The ending should have mattered, but it didn't. Don't torture yourself.
Loyola University Chicago Libraries
As they move in and out of narrator Nick Framingham’s life, the other characters in Now You See Him possess the page with surges of the ugliest emotions: envy and contempt, open hatred, lusts both bold and rotten. Now You See Him is about puzzling out identities: Who would expect, among this small New York state crowd, a killer? Who is the best at swallowing their horrible truth? And who finds themselves soured by what their introspections peel away? All said and done, this novel, in places beau ...more
M
Mar 15, 2009 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's amazing what I will forgive for beautiful writing. Gottlieb is a true master, and though there were elements of this work that I found confusing or overdone, his prose was so poetic and striking that I was more than willing to get over all that.
This novel pieces together a couple of concurrent mysteries in the life of one man who has lost his best friend and is currently losing his marriage. His best friend's sister surfaces, serving as a temptation as his marriage flounders - nothing too e
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Bess
Jan 28, 2008 Bess rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually borderline-insulted by how little happened in this supposed literary thriller, whose only saving grace is its very occasional bit of pretty/witty prose. Thank god it was a quick read and didn't waste more than a handful of hours of my time, because the real cruelty here is that it DOES draw you in and keep you thinking -- wishing, hoping -- that something really exciting or surprising is going to happen, but then? Absolutely nothing does.

The dialogue alone is painfully elementary
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Arapahoe Libraries
A minor cult celebrity murders his girlfriend, then commits suicide in this haunting and suspenseful novel. To cope with the tragedy, his best friend begins to reevaluate his life and stumbles on dark family secrets that propel him to the novel's startling conclusion. This is a local Boulder author that I am quite taken with who has written a real spellbinder. An unusual and very well written book by an author to keep your eye on. If you're looking for something cutting edge and drastically uniq ...more
Flo
Jul 06, 2016 Flo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book by Eli Gottlieb after picking it at random from my daughter's books. I had never heard of him. To my surprise the writing was excellent, the plot so intriguing, I finished it in 2 days; I could not put it down. Eli Gottlieb is a talented writer and I can't wait to read others by him.
Nick is married unhappily to Lucy; she blames him for being disengaged from their marriage and children especially since the time his boyhood best friend shot his girlfriend and comitted s
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Paul Pessolano
This is the story of a young man, Rob Castor, from a small town who makes it big in the literary world with a best selling book. His story is told through the eyes of Nick Farmington, who was his childhood boyfriend. The story tells of their life together growing up in a small town. There are shocking revelations exposed concerning Rob's mother who was an aspiring actress, now turned alcoholic due to failed dreams, an unfaithful husband, and the shock of moving from the glamour of California to ...more
Jayne Charles
Sep 10, 2015 Jayne Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew I was going to like this within a couple of pages of starting it: the author has a pleasant rolling style of prose that picks you up like an ocean wave and keeps you bobbing along - and he keeps the tension high by dropping each strand of the plot at just the right moment and picking up somewhere else.

Told from the point of view of Nick, who had an unhappy childhood, in particular having an unsatisfactory relationship with his father, and who lost his best friend in dramatic circumstance
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Alistair
Jan 08, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One of the pleasures of the library experience is plucking a book off the shelf, reading the blurb, and, knowing only that about it, taking it home and be blown away by what you're reading. I could barely put this down - and it's not a thriller, or not in the conventional sense, but it is a page turner. How was it that the demise of one person could have started such a spiralling, near-fatal injury cascade in another's life? Nick rhetorically asks this question near the end of the story. The dea ...more
Michael
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Christine Cody
Nov 18, 2015 Christine Cody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book! I could barely put it down. While Nick descends into a deep grief for his childhood friend, his marriage begins to disintegrate and, although he feels great love for his wife and sons, he cannot give them what they need. Feeling estranged from his sons, and baffled by his wife, he mourns continually for Rob and, as he and his wife become ever-more distant, he recalls his childhood friendship, their adolescent discoveries, his own family tragedies, and his relationship with ...more
Patricia
Oct 27, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
I enjoyed this book very much and read it in two nights. I would read another book by Gottlieb. The book presents emotions on a time line of events that many of us have dealt with during our own life in one form or another our relationships with our parents, relationships with others, marriage. It presents flawed and vulnerable human beings who play a variety of games with themselves and others to cope with their lives and their losses, at the end of the book there are no pat answers or wrap ups ...more
Brooke
I read this book while at my in-laws in Phoenix. It was left behind by another person who had visited. I was surprised how quickly I read the 300 or so page book. The story was interesting, and it definitely kept me reading. However, I am always a bit disappointed when I read contemporary fiction because of the unnecessary use of foul language and sexual explicity. Oh well..maybe I should be a bit more relaxed. Maybe not.
Ladonda
Feb 29, 2016 Ladonda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a depressing, hopeless, pretentious novel. If the writing style of this author is indicative of him as an individual, I hope to never cross paths with the man and have no interest what so ever in reading anything else he has written. The writing in this novel reminds me of a literary student who received an assignment from the professor, only to try and wow them with the large words they use and complicated sentence structures built. Do not waste your time on reading this book. It is truly ...more
Meg
Apr 08, 2009 Meg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My Mother-In-Law warned me that it wasn't good, guess I should have listened. I guess my main problem is that the main character is so hard to commiserate with until the last few pages. Although the ending was good and clarified many things, it wasn't worth the effort to get there.
Patricia
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Zoe
Nov 05, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book centers around Nick and best friend Rob whom recently murdered his wife in a fit of jealousy and then killed himself. We are taken on a journey into the aftermath of Nick's life - how Rob's actions affected Nick's relationships with everyone around him and the way he views the world.

There isn't a lot to say about this book. I didn't enjoy nor dislike. There wasn't as much "going on" plot-wise as I imagined there would be yet the writing style had me hooked, strangely. I'd be intereste
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Cathy Serpico
Feb 04, 2010 Cathy Serpico rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the most lingering thing I took away from this book was the struggle of the deeply flawed characters trying to coexist with each other in a way that surpasses mere survival. Nick, the narrator, is a thirty-something suburban family man who takes it really hard when his childhood best friend makes the news for murdering his girlfriend and killing himself. The threads holding Nick's already tenuous marriage begin to fray as he tries to move past Rob's demise, isolating himself from his wif ...more
Oscar
‘Ahora lo veréis’ no es una novela trepidante, de esas que te dejan sin respiración con su trama vertiginosa. La historia que nos narra transcurre de una manera pausada y en calma, pero sin embargo no te deja indiferente.

El narrador es Nick Framingham, que fue el mejor amigo de Rob Castor, un escritor que empezaba a despuntar y que se suicidó tras asesinar a su novia, también una joven promesa de la literatura. Entonces Nick empieza a hacerse preguntas sobre por qué sigue tan afectado por este t
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Christie
Feb 02, 2011 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not quite sure how Now You See Him ended up on my radar; I’d never heard of its author, Eli Gottlieb, before. Ann Patchett declared that the book is a “true literary page-turner in which a string of startling revelations unfolds within the constructs of lush and beautiful prose. It is at turns both heartbreaking and breathtaking.”

Now You See Him depicts the mid-life crisis (although I think the character is only in his mid 30s) of of its narrator, Nick Framingham. Things might not have been
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Valeriane
Voici une découverte reçue grâce à Madame Charlotte (Blog-O-Book) et son partenariat avec la collection 10/18. (Merci merci!)

Le résumé : Il s'appelait Rob Castor. Charismatique, brillant, enfant terrible des lettres new-yorkaises, Rob était de ceux à qui tout semble réussir. Aujourd'hui, son suicide fait la une des journaux, parce qu'il a pris la peine de tuer sa femme avant d'en finir. Au centre de cette histoire vertigineuse se trouve Nick, son meilleur ami d'enfance. Sous le choc de sa dispar
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Mike Lindgren
Mar 27, 2008 Mike Lindgren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This canny potboiler about the shock waves of an unexpected death has its creaky moments, but on the whole it is a piercing evocation of the enervation and essential loneliness of domestic life. Nick Framingham is a plodding, small-town, middle-management type whose friendship with Rob Castor, a Jay McInerney-like literary prodigy, has provided him with vicarious thrills since childhood. Rob’s sudden reappearance in Nick’s life sets off a landslide of recrimination that gradually accumulates the ...more
Tattered Cover Book Store
Tattered Cover staff LOVED this book!

Joe said:
"Now You See Him" is a nuanced, intelligent novel. The story is told from the point-of-view of Nick, a man in his 30's whose marriage, and then everything on which he's based his life, falls apart. Nick's best friend from high school, Rob Castor, a famous writer, has killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide. These events profoundly affect Nick, and send him on completely new road in life. Richly written, this thrilling novel reveals its twist
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Sarra Lord
Feb 16, 2008 Sarra Lord rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Phillip Roth
Recommended to Sarra by: William Morrow Publisher Review Copy
Shelves: review-copy, 2008
“Now You See Him” starts out with the deaths of a semi-famous writer, Rob Castor, and his estranged girlfriend in a murder/suicide, but quickly veers off into a laundry list of the problems currently being faced by a close friend of the writer. The book is not about Castor’s death, instead it is a character study of the people who are left behind by the tragedy, their feelings and coping strategies.

Nick Framingham was one of Rob’s best friends from childhood, he grew up almost as part of the Cas
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William
As they move in and out of narrator Nick Framingham’s life, the other characters in Now You See Him possess the page with surges of the ugliest emotions: envy and contempt, open hatred, lusts both bold and rotten. Now You See Him is about puzzling out identities: Who would expect, among this small New York state crowd, a killer? Who is the best at swallowing their horrible truth? And who finds themselves soured by what their introspections peel away? All said and done, this novel, in places beau ...more
TK
Jan 19, 2008 TK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you
Recommended to TK by: Henry
Now You See Him is the best book I read in 2007, and unless Eli Gottlieb publishes another novel in the next 12 months, will probably be the best book I read in 2008, because this is one of those rare novels I will actually read again (if I'm too busy to call my Nana do you really think I'm going to re-read a book?).

Take one unreliable narrator, add the premise of a murder mystery (except no one's chasing clues about the murder, not really), and mix with concise, clever, literary prose. I ended
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Juan Araizaga
274 páginas y 3 días después. Me recordó enormidades a Perdida. Puede que haya sido por el nombre del personaje o por la jodida incapacidad que tiene para reaccionar a sus problemas.

La típica novela americana que se desarrolla en un ambiente monótono, depresivo y brumoso. La narrativa es sencilla, tiene algunos saltos buenos. Y por el final tiene un giro que intenta salvar la historia, pero se vuelve tristemente predecible.

Nada recomendable, solo perderás tiempo y te sentirás melancólico.
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