Thomas Pynchon’s take on the 21st century, the Internet, and September 11. Something like an East Coast version of “Vineland.” The protagonist is Maxine Tarnow, a private fraud investigator in NYC.
I had to keep a list of characters, because there were so many it was hard to keep them all straight. But that’s not a complaint. . .and how could it be, with character names like Lester Traipse and Conkling Speedwell?
Like usual in a Pynchon book, the protagonist is trying to untangle a very convoluted mystery, possible conspiracy. I thought it was great to see Pynchon examining and playing with his own penchant for conspiracy theorizing. He shows the dawning of 9-11 conspiracy theories among his characters.