The Salinger Contract

The Salinger Contract

Adam Langer / Jun 06, 2020

The Salinger Contract An enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world s most famous authors from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B Traven and J D Salinger to a sinister collector in Chicago Adam Langer

  • Title: The Salinger Contract
  • Author: Adam Langer
  • ISBN: 9781453297940
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • An enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world s most famous authors from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B Traven and J D Salinger to a sinister collector in Chicago.Adam Langer, the narrator of this deft and wide ranging novel by the author of the same name, tells the intertwining tales of two writers navigating a plot neither one of them could havAn enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world s most famous authors from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B Traven and J D Salinger to a sinister collector in Chicago.Adam Langer, the narrator of this deft and wide ranging novel by the author of the same name, tells the intertwining tales of two writers navigating a plot neither one of them could have ever imagined There may be no other escape than to write their way out of it Adam is a writer and stay at home dad in Bloomington, Indiana, drawn into an uneasy friendship with the charismatic and bestselling thriller author Conner Joyce Conner is having trouble writing his next book, and when a menacing stranger approaches him with an odd and lucrative proposal, events quickly begin to spiral out of control A novel of literary crimes and misdemeanors, The Salinger Contract will delight anyone who loves a fast paced story told with humor, wit, and intrigue.

    Holden Caulfield s Goddam War Vanity Fair Jan , It is with Salinger s experience of the Second World War in mind that we should understand Holden Caulfield s insight at the Central Park carousel, and A Perfect Day for Bananafish A Perfect Day for Bananafish is a short story by J D Salinger, originally published in the January , , issue of The New Yorker.It was anthologized in s Short Stories from the New Yorker, as well as in Salinger s collection, Nine Stories.The story is an enigmatic examination of a young married couple, Muriel and Seymour Glass, while on vacation in Florida. Joan Caulfield Beatrice Joan Caulfield June , June , was an American actress and model After being discovered by Broadway producers, she began a stage career in that eventually led to signing as an actress with Paramount Pictures.In the opinion of Caroline Quentin Caroline Quentin, Actress Men Behaving Badly Caroline Quentin was born on July , in Reigate, Surrey, England She is an actress and director, known for British Men Behaving Badly , Life Begins and Blue Murder She has been Mid Michigan News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News WEYI WEYI MiNBCnews provides coverage of breaking news, sports and weather in the Flint Saginaw area of Michigan, including Lansing, Owosso, Chesaning, St Charles National billingsgazette Check out our FALL SPECIAL on cleaning and disinfecting your heat duct system Up to vents for . Add vent over Call or text Gary at for a quote today. Omaha News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News KPTM Fox News KPTM provides coverage of local and national news, weather, sports and community events in Omaha, Nebraska and the surrounding area, including Lincoln, Plattsmouth, La Vista, Gretna, Fremont, and Weeping Water, Nebraska and Missouri Valley, Shelby, Atlantic and Mondamin, Iowa.

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        Adam Langer is a journalist, author, playwright and filmmaker.His work has been featured most recently on NPR s Selected Shorts, in The Best Men s Stage Monologues 2000, and The Best Women s Stage Monologues 2000, as well as in the Chicago Reader s Fiction Issue, and in the literary magazine Salt Hill His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, and numerous other cities throughout the United States His 2000 play, Coaster, received rave reviews from numerous publications, including the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.He is the writer and director of the film The Blank Page, distributed by Troma In addition to his novels, Crossing California, Ellington Boulevard, The Washington Story and The Thieves of Manhattan, Langer is the author of three nonfiction reference works CitySmart Guide to Chicago, Film Festival Guide, and The Madness of Art He also wrote a memoir about his father, My Father s Bonus March.As a journalist, he worked as a features writer and theater critic for the Chicago Reader and has had his work published in numerous newspapers and periodicals, including Mother Jones, the Chicago Tribune, Men s Journal and Rolling Stone.Langer holds a B.A from Vassar College and an M.A from the University of Illinois He was a playwright in residence at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was a winner of a National Arts Journalism fellowship at Columbia University 2000 2001 He has lectured on writing and journalism at Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia College, and Pace University He has been a frequent radio and television guest in Chicago and New York and has been featured on such stations as WGN TV, CNN Headline News, Fox News, E Entertainment Network, and National Public Radio, among others.He lives in New York City.


    1. Whenever I saw Salinger’s novels or story collections on my friends’ bookshelves, or when I heard authors…talk about how much they admired the guy, I wondered how those books could have influenced them so greatly. I wondered too how Mr. Salinger—in seclusion for more than forty years in Cornish, New Hampshire—felt about the readers who admired his work. If somehow knowing he had touched Hinckley and Chapman and, later, Jared Lee Loughner, who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, had [...]

    2. The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer'“Every criminal would be an artist if he had the talent, and every artist would become a criminal if he had the guts.” This quote is the center of this thriller. A struggling author, with financial as well as marriage problems, encounters a man who asks him to write a book just for him, with secrecy being the key which will unlock the ultimate payment of the author's life. It will simply wash away all the hang-ups, problems, issues and everything else mon [...]

    3. It was around the 25% mark (I read this on a Kindle) when any semblance of a premise appeared - up until then it was the mundane ramblings of an unemployed literary editor. A mysterious wealthy man called Dex Dunford approaches crime novelist Conner Joyce to write a novel for him – but only for him. Ok, I thought, where’s this headed? Hopefully somewhere good!Around the 50% mark nothing further had happened. Around the 75% mark, after some overwrought kitchen-sink drama, a half-hearted attem [...]

    4. And yet, wasn't the terrific thing about stories the fact that they joined readers together, that they made people realize that they were not alone in their hopes, dreams and fears?Although I enjoyed this easy-reading thriller, I could not really connect with the characters. It was interesting to read about the current state of publishing in a novel, as opposed to non-fiction. I thought the plot was good, but it became a bit far-fetched towards the end. This is not my normal genre though, and I' [...]

    5. Writing: Not just for staid intellectualsI loved Langer’s “Thieves of Manhattan” so I was excited to read “The Salinger Contract”. There are lots of literary references as the title would indicate and the mystery is highly inventive. Adam is a stay at home dad of two toddler girls with a wife who’s an academic. He has one book under his belt but has not been able to get going with a second so he’s intrigued when a fellow author, Connor Joyce, involves him in his writing and in a tr [...]

    6. Won in a First Reads Giveaway. Written to formula, very simple and slightly clever, no big words or complex thoughts, yet still a fun and satisfying mystery/thriller with some "inside" dirt on writers and publishing. Ten bucks says it will be a Tom Hanks movie within a few years (I'm guessing it was written with this end in mind) along the lines of Da Vinci Code, which I kept being reminded of with its attention-holding 2 and 3 page "chapters." On a rare positive, it does NOT contain gratuitous [...]

    7. The Salinger Contract by Adam Langer is a September,2013 release, published by Open Road Integrated Media. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Conner Joyce had enjoyed a long career as a mystery/thriller writer. Now, however, only a handful of people show up for his book signings. Instead, the lines are out into the street to have the latest vampire/wizard book signed. Conner's work has become stale and clichéd. When Connor is approac [...]

    8. This is my second read by the author, since I liked Thieves in Manhattan so much. The Salinger Contract doesn't disappoint, although doesn't wow quite as much either. It follows the same formula of art imitating life imitating art, cleverly blurring the boundaries to make for a very compelling literary thriller. Literary in both senses, well written and pertaining to literature. There is a line in the book that sums up the idea behind the plot perfectly, something like criminals would be artists [...]

    9. I'd rate this 4.5 stars.Wow, this was fun. Part mystery, part riff on the literary world, all completely compelling.Adam Langer is a stay-at-home dad living in Bloomington, Indiana, caring for his two daughters, Beatrice and Ramona (sound familiar, Beverly Cleary fans?), while his wife Sabine, is a college professor. Adam fondly remembers his days as books editor for the now-defunct Lit magazine, which allowed him to meet authors whose careers he had admired.His time with the magazine also foste [...]

    10. Note: I received this book for free from NetGalley.An intriguing premise, and an interesting enough plot to make me follow it all the way through. But there certainly was a lot of padding. It felt like enough material for a concise short story, but as a novel, there was way too much stalling. For example, I lost track of how many times the narrator mentioned that his favorite writers were J.D. Salinger, Jaroslaw Dudek, Thomas Pynchon, Harper Lee, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. And any time one [...]

    11. The narrator Adam Langer (also the author's name)is a struggling novelist who had one successful semi-autobiographical book, the content of which estranged him from his family. Living in a college town where his wife, who teaches at the university, he is now a house husband who occasionally dabbles in writing. His world turns upside down when he goes to a talk by an author of thrillers he admirers, Connor Joyce be befriends him with a tale of a wealthy literary enthusiast who pays huge sums to c [...]

    12. What is the relationship between author and reader? It's probably every author's dream to have thousands, perhaps millions, of avid followers. – the seductiveness of celebrity. But what about those relatives and friends who, rightly or wrongly, see themselves mocked and betrayed in the author's writing? On a less personal level, what about the readers who delude themselves into thinking they “know” the author. And what a shock to discover that behind that literary talent lurks a loutish se [...]

    13. Adam Langer has a special talent for writing enjoyable books that center on the experience of reading and the business of writing. In the "Salinger Contract" he plays with the boundaries between reader and author to good effect. His character Conner Joyce, an author, describes how as a kid reading "Catcher In The Rye" he "fantasized that his favorite books had been written only for him". At another point the narrator, who may or may not be Adam Langer, says about his own efforts, "maybe the idea [...]

    14. The Salinger Contract appealed on the strength of the title alone, but turned out to be much more!A literary mystery that has tension so tight you could almost strum the chord, The Salinger Contract presents a premise so fascinating you wonder if it could really happenor if it has happened.The story's narrator is Adam Langer. The author is Adam Langer. A curious detail that adds to the questions provoked by the premise (which I won't spoil for you).From the Book Description: Adam is a writer and [...]

    15. What an odd little book. I'm not even sure how to describe it, but I did like it. In some ways it reminded me of that horrid Scott Westerfeld book with alternating viewpoints - Afterworlds. They both discuss the current state of publishing and are a little (or a lot) meta. This book was vastly more interesting, however. My only complaint was the style of writing made it difficult for me to buy into the concept or get engrossed in the story. The story-telling technique meant that everything was t [...]

    16. What could have been an excellent film noir short story with a great "literary insider" bent, instead is a long dragging story that goes nowhere for the entire book and then "ends with a bang" (which isn't even a surprise, because the author told us that's how it would end). We read the same scenes and descriptions over and over and over again, such as Dex's "ornate loopy handwriting," and the dark streets Connor seems to walk up and down all night long. Instead of a tight, suspenseful sprint, w [...]

    17. Light thriller material, based in the world of literature and post-housing crash America. Not too bad, but not the best thriller in the world either. I still managed to finish it in a few days, though.

    18. I have always found myself drawn to books about books. It is a natural consequence of being an avid, some would say addicted, reader. Books at the center of a crime? Books as a force to bring together disparate misfits? Books about magical books? Books about the publishing business? Books about the people who write books? Cover blurbs mentioning any of these will get me interested enough to pick up a title and give it a go.Books about writers are especially fascinating. Now that I am securely mi [...]

    19. With the recent release of the J. D. Salinger biography and documentary, this novel’s appearance is timely. The non-fiction suggests why Salinger chose to avoid the limelight; the novel offers an alternate explanation for his withdrawal – and that of other writers like Harper Lee, B. Travern, and Thomas Pynchon.The narrator is Adam Langer, a house-husband/stay-at-home dad, who once conducted interviews for a literary magazine and wrote a single novel, “its basis in autobiography” in that [...]

    20. from kalireads:I was pleasantly surprised with The Salinger Contract. This is a theme mystery, focusing on literature, and I'm always skeptical of theme mysteries (cat mystery novels, and now yoga mystery novels? really?). However, this book worked. As I love books and I'm interested in writing, I appreciated the look into the life of the less glamorous authors out there. The lives and livelihoods of average authors are made charming, if bleak, here. The Salinger Contract is a glimpse into the w [...]

    21. Adam Langer's excellent book, "The Salinger Contract," comes out during a time flush with new J.D. Salinger materials currently being and soon to be released. A biography by David Shields and Shane Salerno just came out to accompany a new Salinger documentary, both of which breathlessly anticipate a series of posthumous publications of previously unpublished Salinger works slated to start appearing in 2015.Despite what its title may otherwise intimate, Langer's work is a not another Salinger bio [...]

    22. The Salinger Contractby Adam LangerEssentiallyThis is the story of two "friends" who are both authors and the deceptions they become involved in and the lies they tell each other. My thoughts after reading this bookFirst of alllet's be real here. The fun of reading this book is the mystery and adventure that these authors get themselves involved with. Both are sort of burned out of writing. Connor writes police thrillers but his latest book is not really selling well. Adame book's narratorhas no [...]

    23. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the authors style and found it very difficult to put this book down. I was always eager to know what was going to happen next, always wanting to read just a few more pages.The plot was interesting and filled with suspense. The characters well rounded and very real. I loved the literary context of this book, and the way that famous authors were weaved in to this story of what was ultimately the escapades of a criminal mastermind.There were always a few surprise [...]

    24. This offbeat, literary mystery is a refreshing change for us mystery readers from the formulaic police and detective procedurals, the ‘cozies’, and the others that we have grown too used to.Imagine a billionaire, so wealthy, that he can pay well known writers –J.D. Salinger, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote – to name a few, to write books only for him – that no other will see – except, perhaps,his body guard. Imagine what happens if a writer violates the secrecy section of his contract, [...]

    25. This is a clever and unusual metafiction about writing and publishing in the guise of a crime thriller. How Langer manages to get in all the angles in a short novel where the action mainly consists of two writers telling stories and writing them is kind of amazing. Langer grew up about a mile from where I did and where I currently live, so I was especially taken with the Chicago references. This book was much better than his autobiographical Crossing California (as in California Ave Rogers Park) [...]

    26. "He admired writers whose own stories were as interesting as the ones they wrote.” Written by a former Chicagoan, the book has a really interesting premise with a story within a story lots of namedropping of certain kinds of authors, lots of literary references, some dark humor, some suspense as well as some commentary about the worlds of publishing and academia. It's well written, but would have been even better if parts of it did not sound so whiny. "I have the same fantasy every time I rea [...]

    27. GoodReads FirstRead Book.I promised a review, and I wish I could give a glowing one. I mean, it's not a bad book, it's even pretty good, once you get over all the name dropping.It's just that I got a little bored, nah, impatient rather. The intrigue kept me reading till the end, but it was a bit slow and, sorry about that, repetitive. And it made me feel like I was reading not so much a novel, but a theater play with author comments. A succession of intellectual dialogs, interrupted by life some [...]

    28. Adam Langer, the narrator of this story, is a stay at home dad with one published novel under his belt and no other novels forthcoming. He is friends with the thriller writer Conner Joyce, who confides in Adam about the strange proposition received from a fan and all of its eventualities. This was a book about books (love those!), famous one hit wonder novelists, and a fun suspense/thriller to boot. Liked it quite a bit and I will always think of this book whenever anyone talks about JD Salinger [...]

    29. What a fun little thriller for book lovers - lots of favorite authors mentioned (and the narrator's children are named Ramona and Beatrice!) and, without spoilers, the idea of the "afterlibrary" is alive and well. The end is a bit spotty but the ride is lots of fun.

    30. Very fast moving story. But really, if you wanted someone to write crime capers so that you can emulate them and get away with the robbery wouldn't you get guys like Donald Westlake and Lawrence Block to write them for you instead of Norman Mailer and J.D. Salinger?

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