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By Jay Caspian Kang | Comments: ( 712 ) | Date: ( May 26, 2020 )

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 enHailed 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 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.

  • Title: The Dead Do Not Improve
  • Author: Jay Caspian Kang
  • ISBN: 9780307953889
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Hardcover

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  • Peat

    The title should be "this book does not improve." It starts out OK, a modern pseudo-noir. But the author has a lot he WANTS to say about the perception of Korean Americans and aging hippies and class relations in San Francisco. But it just ends up reading like a bad travelogue following unlikeable protagonists around. And then stuff happens for no reason, and no one cares, and the end. The characters don't learn or change or really have anything happen to them. They just follow the plot string u [...]

  • Holly

    I usually skip writing reviews of books I don't like. But, since this book was provided in exchange for a review goes.To be blunt, I didn't like anything about this book. There were no likable characters. Not one. The plot was disjointed and pointless. The writing style was self-indulgent. It was just a mess.The main character decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor he can't stand (whom he lovingly nicknames "Baby Molester") after she is killed by a stray bullet while she sleeps. There i [...]

  • Conor Olmstead

    So I picked this book up on a whim. I think I saw it at the Booksmith and the premise sounded good. The idea is it's a mystery that takes place in San Francisco (place I like and have not read many mysteries there). It stars a guy my age and another detective, and says it's supposed to be a contemporary and funny read.Yeah that was a bold face lie. This was this authors first book and it shows. What they don't mention is that this book is also a deeper read of what life is like in Korean America [...]

  • R.

    The Silver Jews' song "Tennessee" is a funny, punny, sad song about sad people who blame who they are on where they aren't (Nashville) as much as on where they are (Louisville). The song grapples with Big Truths by being ultra-specific. It plants a flag in a moment and uses that moment to implicate us--the listeners--in our failures but still hope that tomorrow might somehow be different. Kang took the title of his book from "Tennessee": "You know Louisville is death / We've got to up and move / [...]

  • Terryn

    Home about Book Reviews News Short Stories Interviews Misc. ContactOctober 9, 2012Book Review: The Dead Do Not ImproveI will read anything. The phone book, the back of a cereal box, those creepy proselytizing pamphlets you find at bus stops, it doesn’t matter. Even if it’s boring I will give (almost) any printed word a whirlHowever, it frustrates me when I expect something to be a savory, sumptuous read and it doesn’t deliver what I want. This is how I felt after reading Jay Caspian Kang [...]

  • Lisa Beaulieu

    Let me say right off the bat, I have no idea - literally none - what happened in this book at the end, how the "mystery" was resolved. And yet, I still liked it very much. It made me laugh out loud at places - I am not sure, but I think that having myself been an east-coast transplant living in SF Bay area made me appreciate the humor more than some might. For instance, he calls his anonymous neighbor "Performance Fleece". If that doesn't make you laugh right now, this might not be the book for [...]

  • Brian Grover

    I was surprised at how bad this book was. I've read a fair amount of Kang's stuff on Grantland, and enjoy him as a writer. He can spin a semi-obscure '90s pop culture reference with the best of them (come to think of it, that seems like a requirement for anyone who writes for Grantland), but this book is held together with a threadbare plot that ultimately falls completely to pieces at the end.I literally don't know what happens in the penultimate scene, other than a handful of characters gettin [...]

  • Petula Darling

    Contrary to many reviewers, I really enjoyed this bookor I was enjoying it, right up until the big climax when I suddenly realized I had absolutely no idea what was going on. I thought maybe I hadn't been paying enough attention, so I went back and reread several chapters but didn't glean much more information. I remain clueless as to who did what and why, but I can still say the overall experience was enjoyable.

  • Jess

    For the first third or so of this noirish novel about a pair of murders in SF, I was all, like, yeah, Kang is the Korean Colson Whitehead, perhaps even angrier! And then the surfing detective Sid came on the scene, and he seemed fairly familiar, so I just rolled with it. And then I got to the climax, and I'm pretty sure huge chunks of it are still at the printer's. So there's that.

  • Mao Gallardo

    This is actually pretty good. I think it's just the white people who didn't like it.

  • Cecily Kyle

    I loved the style of this book but they story was meh. The way it was written made me really want to keep reading it but I just didn't really care about the characters. Wah wah wahI just feel so on the fence on if I liked it or not.

  • Joe Cummings

    Recently I decided to spend the weekend reading Jay Caspian Kang's 2012 novel The Dead Do Not Improve and Walter Mosley's 2013 Little Green which is the twelfth addition to his Easy Rawlins series. I chose Kang's novel because I was intrigued by the title; I chose the latter because a favorite author of mine, Roberto Bolaño, wrote praisingly about the series on the dustjacket and because my old friend Joe Distretti called it a good read that "keeps your interest throughout." He was right. They [...]

  • Larry H

    Jay Caspian Kang's The Dead Do Not Improve is a trippy, kaleidoscopic adventure through San Francisco, with a misanthropic wanna-be writer as its protagonist, and surfing cops, advanced creative writing students possibly with murderous intentions, infamous street protestors, and others along for the ride. It is part murder mystery, part love story, part commentary on our fame- and internet-obsessed society, and part, well, I'm not sure.Phillip Kim is a disaffected wanna-be writer who scams his w [...]

  • Bennett Gavrish

    Grade: CL/C Ratio: 70/30(This means I estimate the author devoted 70% of his effort to creating a literary work of art and 30% of his effort to creating a commercial bestseller.)Thematic Breakdown:40% - Analysis of modern American culture20% - Detective mystery15% - Sex15% - San Francisco10% - LiteratureIn his debut novel, Kang proves himself to be a brilliant writer with mediocre storytelling skills.He switches from hilarity to poignancy like a master, and perhaps his greatest accomplishment of [...]

  • Jenn

    Have you ever said "it's a girl thing" (substitute girl for any other thing)? Jay Caspian Kang's novel made me feel like that. Not so much the obvious "it's a Korean thing", but there were so many things - it's a Korean thing but also a surfer thing, a hippy thing, a San Franciscan thing, a generation angst thing - leaving this reader feeling a bit on the outside of some "thing".The Dead Do Not Improve follows, in a dislocated way, Phillip Kim through a series of confusing events that remain dis [...]

  • Janice

    The main characters in the book are flawed and likeable; we finally have a Korean protagonist that defies the standard asian roles of long standing, muted suffering prescribed by our society. Phillip Kim is spastically, erringly human. He becomes involved in a murder mystery and his story is entwined with that of a disgruntled surfer-detective. At times, both meander through their lives without observation or understanding, while other times they are self loathing, introspective and sentimental. [...]

  • Bandit

    I was intrigued by the title and the cover, plus I like to keep up on current fiction. This book was sort of a mized bag, interesting and occasionally very well written, revealing the author's considerable talent for prose, but at the same time somehow unengaging and hollow. There was something about this book, something too trendy, too self aware, too stylized, too convoluted as the plot progressed to really let it shine. Most characters, except for the surfing detective, were just a bit too an [...]

  • Anne B

    San Francisco is my adopted hometown, but the familiar setting wasn't why I liked this book. My husband is Asian-American, but that's not why, either. I've read (and loved) Jay Caspian Kang's riveting nonfiction pieces -- but even that's not the reason.I liked this book because it's hard to blend authentic pain with genuine fun, but Kang has done it here. He's written a twisty mystery with real tension, and lit it throughout with a touch of the absurd. Also, he takes us surfing with Chris fuckin [...]

  • John Lee

    A whirlwind tale in San Francisco that goes through a whole lot but which I struggled to connect with. The book was great in spots and definitely hit some nerves, but overall, the sentence structure was often confusing and it seemed like a book meant for people who were somehow more culturally aware or just more perceptive than me. I'm not sure. To be honest, I did like it more than the rating would indicate, but my overall impression was that it was OK more than that I "liked it."

  • Sharon

    Odd, dark, comical, confusing - brought to mind Steve Erickson and David Foster Wallace. The city of San Francisco is a character in the melee, and the most vivid one at that. I need to read it again and make a flow chart!

  • Mark Connell

    Paints a picture of some hipper, hipster, more bizarre lives with some sort of crime mystery going on. It doesn't come all together. Some funny, share-worthy sketches in here. I liked the reflection on the book from the author at the end - helped me understand what was going on.

  • Shannon

    The thing is, this is just not a good fit for me. I am all about a good story. There probably is a good story here but I can't connect with it if there is.

  • JOEY

    I'm still puzzled as to how this book became San Francisco bookstore Green Apple's book-of-the-month.

  • Cindy

    Too much of everything not likable hiding an, otherwise, good mystery. Steven Chips narrates well.

  • Randall

    Jay Caspian Kang does some writing for sports site Grantland.I should say, he does some very good writing for Grantland. I like his style and voice. There is a complete dearth of quality sports writing these days, in my opinion, especially longer-form writing.It would seem Grantland was founded at least partially in the interest of reviving what appeared to be a bit of a dying genre in the fast pace coverage of sports on the web.While Grantland is only too happy to stray from the path of serious [...]

  • Peter Mortimer

    Its hard for me to put "The Dead Do Not Improve" into a genre. The Boston Globe described it as a Neo-Noir Novel and that is fine by me. The main protagonist is a struggling writer named Philip Kim, who gets entangled into multiple homicide cases that force him to go into hiding. The book follows multiple story lines, that intertwine and connect at multiple parts of the story. Apart from Philip Kim you also follow the detective Sid Finch, who his assigned to the aforementioned murders. The book [...]

  • Miles

    Though I enjoyed some of Jay Kang's writing at Grantland (RIP :() this book didn't do too much for me. As this was my first audio book ever, and as fellow reviewer Peat put it, "the title should be "this book does not improve.", I'm happy to have not spent my time reading it.

  • Mackenzie Elias

    Regardless of what anyone else says, I think this book was excellent. Witty, funny, enticing, and interesting. I'd recommend taking the time to read this.

  • Chin Jern

    Totally lacking cohesion, and without a single redeeming feature. This author of this book should pay people to read his work.

  • Chris

    Think it kinda bit off more than it could chew. A lot of seemingly random things coming together randomly. Writing I felt was great but wanted some more focus.

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