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Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley
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Aug 06, 2012

really liked it

A murder mystery that's actually a slow-moving and fascinating character study. It's got great sex scenes, lots of luscious descriptions of food, and a slow build to a terrifying and tense scene, followed by an interestingly conventional confessing-everything-in-front-of-the-detective monologue.

The novel is set in 1980, and full of specific details about New York life. Some things have changed (Smiley's characters are deeply and reflexively homophobic); some things haven't (everyone's constantly eating out or ordering in).

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