New York Graphic by Adam Lloyd BakerNew York Graphic by Adam Lloyd Baker

New York Graphic

byAdam Lloyd Baker


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A delicious, darkly comic work of new urban noir from an original new literary talent.

Meet Virgil Strauss, a physically and emotionally unkempt yet somehow appealing tabloid photographer whose passion is bearing photographic witness--à la Weegee--to the obscene, malevolent and sanguine viscera of New York culture.

To his disapppointment and defeat, The New York Graphic--the city's most renowned shock-based tabloid daily--has routinely rejected Virgil's work.  But when Virgil and his friend Larry Onions rip off a local church, he gets the picture of a lifetime, a job at the Graphic,  and a generous measure of trouble, leading to serious indiscretions that include (but aren't limited to): grave robbing, straining his neighbor's dog's feces for an inadvertently consumed diamond, widely circulating the work of a renowned "art terrorist," and being an FBI informant in a serial bombing case.   Helping Virgil through his hard times is Marcy, HIV-positive porn-star girlfriend, whose wispy, hardened, tragic strength brings tenderness and humanity to Virgil's cold-blooded reality.

New York Graphic is a winningly fresh contribution to the noir genre: alternately hilarious, vulgar, touching, seriously disturbed--and a delightfully heady reading.
The son of a vicar, ADAM LLOYD BAKER lives in London, where he has worked as a grave digger.  New York Graphic is his first novel. His new novel, Skyline,  is to be published by Gollancz in fall 1999.
Title:New York GraphicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.28 × 0.64 inPublisher:Anchor BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385498438

ISBN - 13:9780385498432

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Editorial Reviews

"For those who like their comedy very black, a brilliantly scabrous portrait of urban life."  --The Bookseller "A compulsively readable debut."--Publishing Weekly "Well-written, bursting with panache, [New York Graphic] should probably carry a public health warning.   Read and enjoy."--The Tangled Web "A disturbing and dazzlingly assured achievement."--The Observer (London)"You will be helplessly hooked by [New York Graphic].... Sick, cynical, and rather wonderful" ----Time Out London