New Pynchon coming from Cape

New Pynchon coming from Cape

Jonathan Cape will publish a new novel by Thomas Pynchon this autumn, with the story set  in New York City in 2001.

Bleeding Edge will be published on 17th September concurrently with Penguin Press US, with the publisher describing it as "a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we've journeyed to since".

Central character Maxine Tarnow is running a fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, following her own code of ethics after her licence got pulled. When she starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek c.e.o., Maxine finds herself mixed up with a drug runner, a professional nose, as well as elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up dead.

Publisher Dan Franklin said: "Bleeding Edge is an absolute joy for those of us who love Thomas Pynchon. It brilliantly captures that strange time when the internet was still in its infancy with all its excitement, paranoia and sheer weirdness. I think it's the first time since V that he has set a novel in New York and I feel sure it will become one of the classic novels about that city. And most important of all, it's really funny."

Pynchon's previous novels include The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, and Inherent Vice.