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Bleeding Edge

Thomas Pynchon

The Washington Post "Brilliantly written… a joy to read… Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda) It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics-carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts-without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom-two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood-till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from w

The Washington Post "Brilliantly written… a joy to read… Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda) It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics-carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts-without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom-two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood-till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from w
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The Washington Post "Brilliantly written… a joy to read… Bleeding Edge is totally gonzo, totally wonderful. It really is good to have Thomas Pynchon around, doing what he does best." (Michael Dirda) It is 2001 in New York City, in the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11th. Silicon Alley is a ghost town, Web 1.0 is having adolescent angst, Google has yet to IPO, Microsoft is still considered the Evil Empire. There may not be quite as much money around as there was at the height of the tech bubble, but there's no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what's left. Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics-carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts-without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom-two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst, life as normal as it ever gets in the neighborhood-till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO, whereupon things begin rapidly to jam onto the subway and head downtown. She soon finds herself mixed up with a drug runner in an art deco motorboat, a professional nose obsessed with Hitler's aftershave, a neoliberal enforcer with footwear issues, plus elements of the Russian mob and various bloggers, hackers, code monkeys, and entrepreneurs, some of whom begin to show up mysteriously dead. Foul play, of course. With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from w

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jeannie Berlin

Length:

18h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

21:43


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

18:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

27:36


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:04


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

34:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

28:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:02


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:14


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

22:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

34:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

30:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

31:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

29:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

26:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

10:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:55


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

14:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

25:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

23:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

19:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

26:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

36:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

37:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

36:08


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

34:31