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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; Original edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593764359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593764357
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,002,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Nameless Dame

"Schneider’s vision of a world where everyone, high and low, criminal and otherwise, is susceptible to the clarion call of poetry is somewhere between parody and utopia, but either way, it’s utterly delightful." —Booklist

"Rather than hackneyed drug humor, Schneider focuses on showing a community that . . . has fallen in love with poetry. His charming and original characters should ensure returning readers for any future Augie Boyer outings." —Publishers Weekly

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hal Z. Bennett on March 20, 2012
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Okay, let me get this straight, Mr. Schneider. You're going to write a murder mystery with a marginally functional P.I. who is in recovery (and backsliding), who writes haiku and recites Wallace Stevens' poetry, and whose best friend, "Poesy" Sabbatini, is a homicide detective turned poetry messiah. Then you'll add snippets of the world's best poetry, from Ginsberg to Rumi, season liberally with West County ganja, frame it in "nuevo-noir", erect some pleasantly sensual scenes with maybe-dangerous prison girls, drizzle the body of a beautiful young woman with fresh blood, and bug every Republican reader with "hippy" wisdom and an anti-hero who knows the real meaning of family values, which includes loving his ex-wife who is pregnant with somebody else's baby. I can hear every editor at the Big Apple screaming: "But Mr. Schneider, you're such a talented writer. Surely you don't want to waste your talent on something like THAT!" But wait, this is a wonderful book. I loved it. And I loved Schneider's Man in a Blizzard, set in snowy Minnesota instead of West Sonoma amidst the Redwoods and cross-dressing health practitioners. Bart obviously loves the world's best poetry so he's fittingly laced in lines like one of my favorites by Wally Stevens--"Man with the Blue Guitar"--and he makes it work perfectly in context: "Ourselves in poetry must take their place,/ Even in the chattering of your guitar." Maybe nobody knows exactly what that means but it plucks some distant chord beyond our power to censor or dismiss it. Bart Schneider's work is worthy of somebody's literary prize, though it probably hasn't been invented yet. The nice thing is that if you're a mystery fan AND a poetry fanatic you don't have to choose between them. What could be better than snuggling up with both on a frosty night...Read more ›
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