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Stanley Crawford, Gascoyne (Overlook, 2005).
A black comedy of Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Gascoyne is a private investigator who also seems to own half the town and to run local politicians, all of which he does from his car as he outsmarts traffic and red lights and talks on his phone. Things start with a murder, away from which Gascoyne espies the chief of police and a man in a sloth costume – among others – sneaking. Things spiral from there. Just as Gascoyne never lets traffic signals stop him, Crawford never loses momentum.