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A Man Named Doll (Mulholland Books)

From the creator of HBO's Bored to Death, a deliciously noir novel about an idiosyncratic private detective Happy Doll and his quest to help a dying friend who is running out of time in sun-blinded Los Angeles.
Happy Doll is a charming, if occasionally inexpert, private detective living just one sheer cliff drop beneath the Hollywood sign with his beloved half-Chihuahua half-Terrier, George. A veteran of both the Navy and LAPD, Doll supplements his meager income as a P.I. by working through the night at a local Thai spa that offers its clients a number of special services. Armed with his sixteen-inch steel telescopic baton, biting dry humor, and just a bit of a hero complex, the ex-cop sets out to protect the women who work there from clients who have trouble understanding the word "no."
Doll gets by just fine following his two basic rules: bark loudly and act first. But when things get out-of-hand with one particularly violent patron, even he finds himself wildly out of his depth, and then things take an even more dangerous twist when an old friend from his days as a cop shows up at his door with a bullet in his gut.
A Man Named Doll is more than just a fascinating introduction to one truly singular character, it is a highly addictive and completely unpredictable joyride through the sensuous and violent streets of LA.

Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like NightThe Extra ManWhat's Not to Love?My Less Than Secret LifeWake Up, Sir!I Love You More Than You KnowThe AlcoholicThe Double Life Is Twice as Good, and most recently, You Were Never Really Here (adapted into the acclaimed film starring Joaquin Phoenix). He's the creator of two television series, Blunt Talk and Bored to Death, and has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as "The Herring Wonder."

Praise for A Man Named Doll:

"I loved this book - it's quirky, edgy, charming, funny and serious, all in one. Very highly recommended."
 —Lee Child, #1 bestselling author of Blue Moon

“A MAN NAMED DOLL is so fun and propulsive I didn’t just read it in one sitting, I read it in what felt like a single breath. Happy Doll is a tremendously likable main character, and the Los Angeles he inhabits is vibrantly alive in every detail. I hope Jonathan Ames has many more adventures planned for the newest P.I. in town.”
 —Lou Berney, author of the New York Times-bestselling NOVEMBER ROAD

“If Elliott Gould’s Philip Marlowe landed in the middle of Uncut Gems, you’d have something like Jonathan Ames’s A MAN NAMED DOLL, which expertly mines the dark humor, mordant wit and dreamy fatalism of great LA noir. And at its center is a detective with a battered heart and bruised conscience. I’d follow him, and his dog George, anywhere.”
 —Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of DARE ME

A Man Named Doll is a smart, sharp, and stylish noir for the modern day. In his cinematic tour of Los Angeles that is both gritty and gorgeous, Ames has delivered a novel that is both current and timeless and has introduced a sleuth who fits all the old traditions while creating his own. Crime at its finest!” 
 —Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women and Wonder Valley

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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ISBN: 9780316703659
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Published: Mulholland Books - April 20th, 2021

The Alcoholic (10th Anniversary Expanded Edition) Cover Image
By Jonathan Ames, Dean Haspiel (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator), Pat Brosseau (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781506708089
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Published: Berger Books - September 25th, 2018

You Were Never Really Here (Movie Tie-In) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562894
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Published: Vintage - March 20th, 2018

Bored to Death: A Noir-Otic Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781439184370
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Published: Scribner Book Company - October 6th, 2009

The Double Life Is Twice as Good: Essays and Fiction Cover Image
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Published: Scribner - July 14th, 2009

I Love You More Than You Know: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802170170
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - December 16th, 2005

Wake Up, Sir!: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743449076
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Published: Scribner - July 12th, 2005

My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781560253754
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Published: Da Capo Press - May 31st, 2002

What's Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375726491
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Published: Vintage - August 7th, 2001

The Extra Man Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671015589
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Published: Scribner - July 1st, 1999

I Pass Like Night Cover Image
ISBN: 9780671034269
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Published: Washington Square Press - July 1st, 1999