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The Dead Do Not Improve - A Novel

Jay Caspian Kang

Hailed as The Awl's 2012's novel to anticipate, this glorious debut stars hippie detectives, a singular city, and an MFA student on the run. On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation and becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme, he will learn far more than he ever wanted to about his former four-eggs-at-a-time borrowing neighbor Dolores Stone, aka "The Grey Beaver," and her shocking connections to an underworld only a city like this one could create. Siddhartha "Sid" Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim, land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafes, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who's causing trouble in this city they love to hate. Exceedingly unique, pulsing with vigor and heart, and loaded with fierce, fresh language, The Dead Do Not Improve confirms Jay Caspian Kang as a true American original as obsessed with surfing and surviving as with the power of unforgettable storytelling.

Hailed as The Awl's 2012's novel to anticipate, this glorious debut stars hippie detectives, a singular city, and an MFA student on the run. On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation and becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme, he will learn far more than he ever wanted to about his former four-eggs-at-a-time borrowing neighbor Dolores Stone, aka "The Grey Beaver," and her shocking connections to an underworld only a city like this one could create. Siddhartha "Sid" Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim, land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafes, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who's causing trouble in this city they love to hate. Exceedingly unique, pulsing with vigor and heart, and loaded with fierce, fresh language, The Dead Do Not Improve confirms Jay Caspian Kang as a true American original as obsessed with surfing and surviving as with the power of unforgettable storytelling.
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Hailed as The Awl's 2012's novel to anticipate, this glorious debut stars hippie detectives, a singular city, and an MFA student on the run. On a residential Bay Area block struggling with the collision of gentrifier condos and longtime residents, stymied recent MFA grad Philip Kim is sleeping the night away when bullets fly through a window in his apartment building and end up killing one of his neighbors. Philip only learns about the murder the next day when bored and Googling himself. But when he gets caught up in the investigation and becomes the focus of an elaborate, violent scheme, he will learn far more than he ever wanted to about his former four-eggs-at-a-time borrowing neighbor Dolores Stone, aka "The Grey Beaver," and her shocking connections to an underworld only a city like this one could create. Siddhartha "Sid" Finch, a homicide detective bitter about everything except his gorgeous wife, and his phlegmatic, pock-marked partner Jim Kim, land the case. Sid and Jim race after Philip through a menacing, unknowable San Francisco fending off militant surfers, vaguely European cafes, and aggressive Advanced Creative Writing students as they all try to figure out just who's causing trouble in this city they love to hate. Exceedingly unique, pulsing with vigor and heart, and loaded with fierce, fresh language, The Dead Do Not Improve confirms Jay Caspian Kang as a true American original as obsessed with surfing and surviving as with the power of unforgettable storytelling.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Feodor Chin

Length:

6h 48m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:16


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:07


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:47


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:33


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:28


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:51


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:33


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:52


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:15


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:11


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:06


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:56


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:18


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:54


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:23


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:40


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:27


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:59


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:34


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:57


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:34


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:30


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:13


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:18


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:28


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:22


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:19


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:35


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:23


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:54


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

00:38


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

00:12


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:36


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

00:34


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:55


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:33


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:13


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

00:33