Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.95
  • Save: $1.31 (7%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Details
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Death of the Detectiv... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Some wear to cover, minor corner dings
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Death of the Detective: A Novel Paperback – January 11, 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.64
$10.65 $4.96

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
$17.64 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Temporarily out of stock. Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Death of the Detective: A Novel
  • +
  • The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics)
Total price: $29.97
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Mark Smith was born in Michigan in 1935 and lived in Chicago, Illinois for many years. He is the author of seven novels, a poet, and a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press; 1 edition (January 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810123878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810123878
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
this is the most ambitious detective novel that i know of. the war and peace of detective novels, perhaps. a sprawling, huge epic of prose that is wonderfully strange and glorious. there are overtones of kafka and thomas pynchon here, but mark smith's novel is so much more enjoyable than anything those authors have in the bookstores. i read over a hundred books a year, and it has been several years since a book has blown me away with its genius the way that this one did. i spent eight enthralling days lost in this giant work of the imagination, and loved every minute i spent wandering through the words. can't wait to read more of this author's work. i found 4 more of his novels available on amazon at a very cheap price. read this thing, people. you really should.
4 Comments 18 of 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
I knew nothing about Mark Smith twenty years ago when I moved to New Hampshire to go to graduate school, but I had him as my professor first semester. When I picked up "Death of the Detective" i was swept away into his absurd and macabre universe. I agree with the other reviewers that it's a neglected masterpiece that breaks the bonds of its genre. It details Chicago from the ghetto to the golden mile in vivid and hallucinatory descriptions. The inner confusion of the main character mirrors the confusion of America. America, where in the world are you going?
Comment 14 of 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Anyone who reads my reviews knows that I like my detective fiction spare and lean. This book is anything but. The language is convoluted and obscure. I found it impossible but I can understand that people who like modern fiction will probably like this book. Try the sample and see what you think. Be aware, though, that the following chapters are very much like the sample and there is no attempt at clarity in the presentation of the story.

"The Death of the Detective" is one of the older detective novels that Brash Books is reissuing in paper and ebook. It was originally published in 1974. I received a review copy of "The Death of the Detective: A Novel" by Mark Smith (Brash Books) through NetGalley.com.
Comment 8 of 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
First read this one when it came out in paperback, years ago. Probably '73, not for sure. I loaned it to a gent, who got lost in the crowd.I didn't get it back. Been searching for a copy ever since. Finally, last Friday I found it, and will read it again soon. Want to see if it's really as great as I first thought. I thought then it was the most chilling piece of writing ever. Cold and clinging suspense on every page. Pick it up if you haven't read it before. If you have read it, read it again. A kick-ass read for sure.
2 Comments 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Unquestionably a masterpiece. Besides the fascinating characters, it may be argued that the primary protagonist is Chicago itself, from the honky-tonks and dives, to the monied Gold Coast on the north side. This novel was a finalist for the 1975 National Book Award in fiction.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?