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Simeon Grist has been out of print for 20 years.

And he’s pissed off.

It’s been 20 years since I wrote my last book about the quirky Topanga Canyon slacker/private eye, and, like its predecessors, it didn’t sell. Ultimately, the last unsold copy in the series was pulped to make newsprint, and that was when Simeon’s new life began.

On his own. Aware for the first time that he’s fictional, that the adventures he remembers so vividly were written by somebody else, so he can’t even take credit for them. It’s enough to make a detective spend serious time with his gun.

And now—down here—someone is killing his few remaining murders.

Oh, and there’s this girl.

Pulped is brilliant, funny, and oh so satisfying! It’s the kind of thing other authors wished they’d thought up. Hallinan is a master storyteller.” —Brett Battles, Barry Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author.
“With Pulped, it’s now official: the Crime-Writing Hall of Fame needs to build Tim Hallinan his own entire wing.” —Lou Berney, Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.
“A Möbius strip of a romp . . . a real mystery solved by a fictional detective . . . no, wait, a fictional mystery solved by a doubly fictional detective . . . oh never mind, just read the book. It’s funny, poignant and insightful.” —Lisa Brackmann, author of Rock Paper Tiger and Go-Between.
“Tim Hallinan’s Pulped is a tour de force: magical realism, an amateur sleuth story, and an imaginary autobiography—and that’s just for starters. It’s funny and touching, and you won’t read anything like it again this year. Or probably ever.” —Bill Crider, Anthony Award-winning author of more than sixty novels, including the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series.
Pulped is a gritty private detective yarn, an enchanting fantasy, an unconventional love story, a laugh-out-loud comedy, and an insightful exploration of the nature of storytelling—a triumph of imagination told in prose as precise as a sniper’s rifle by a novelist with the soul of a poet.” —Bruce DeSilva, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mulligan crime novels including The Dread Line.
Pulped is imaginative, quirky, and fun. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to your favorite story characters after you put the book away, you have to read Pulped. I loved every bit of it.” —Wendy Hornsby, Edgar Award-winning author of Disturbing the Dark.
Pulped is a dazzler—a magnificent riff on writer and reader, fate and will, the imagined and the real: Worlds within worlds. Existential crags. Capes. Boredom. Fear. A hawk. Abysses. A not-very-jolly green giant. Wry takedowns of literary pretense, and lump-in-your-throat moments of deep sweetness. Pulped is a triumph.” —Jo Perry, author of Dead is Better and Dead is Best.
Pulped is a fiendishly clever tour de force. Fiction meets reality in a tale that is by turns astonishing, thought-provoking, and hilarious. In other words, vintage Hallinan. I highly recommend it!“ —Terry Shames, author of An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock.
Pulped is sheer genius. Hallinan creates a novel world that has you thinking Haruki Murakami, and looking at reading in an entirely new light. An instant classic.” —Jeffrey Siger, Barry and Lefty nominated best selling author of the Andreas Kaldis series.
“Hallinan has combined wit and whimsy into a remarkable mystery novel. After you’ve read Pulped you’ll be hoping he keeps on writing about Simeon Grist—and that’s for a variety of reasons!” —Michael Stanley, author of the award winning Detective Kubu mysteries.
“A fascinating premise with flawless execution. Pulped is hallmark Hallinan, with humor, hubris, and heart.” —Tim Tigner, international bestselling author of Pushing Brilliance.
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