Quick Overview :
"This darkly funny book, with its jaundiced view of the world of books and publishing, deserves a wide readership." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Roger Olivetti has it made: a comfortable and rewarding career as an editor, a brownstone in downtown Manhattan, and a lovely, bestselling novelist wife. Then the bottom falls out of the publishing industry and his marriage simultaneously, and Roger ends up living in the basement of his mother's house in the Long Island town where he grew up. While planning his comeback, he falls in with people he once knew, or thought he did, and soon finds himself with an unwelcome new career as a suburban hit man, scrambling to stay a step ahead of the local Mafia - and his mother's book club, as they slowly puzzle out the identity of the killer. Written Outis fast-paced and funny suburban noir, Fargo on Long Island, a darkly comic tale of social mobility, self-publishing, and murder.
Howard Mittelmark lives in New York City, where he works as a writer and editor. He is married to the novelist Sandra Newman, with whom he wrote the bestseller How Not to Write a Novel. He is the author of the novel Age of Consent, and his writing has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including The Village Voice, The Awl, Vulture, The International Herald-Tribune, and the Times of London. He has reviewed books for The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and ghostwritten bestselling memoirs. He grew up on Long Island.