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Ackroyd

(1977)
A Mystery of Identity
A novel by

 
Whodunnit? Who's Who? And, more importantly, "who the hell am I?" He solved the case of the missing parakeets. Now if he could only figure out who he was... Jules Feiffer works his easy-going wit and biting social satire into his second novel "Ackroyd," which begins as a parody of the Raymond Chandler school of detective fiction, but ultimately asks the age-old question: Is identity merely a metaphysical conceit? A shamus who may or may not be a sham, Roger Ackroyd (named after the victim in Agatha Christie's most shocking novel) is hired to investigate a case of writer's block by sports writer Oscar Plante. Over the course of five years, in between the bonhomie of Elaine's and tangling with unconventional femmes fatales, Ackroyd's personality begins to merge with his client's as he acquires his ex-wife, his mistress and, eventually, his craft. In "Ackroyd," Feiffer uses the detective genre to further his investigations into human neuroses, and to re-imagine the artist as a young sleuth forced to cope with a corrupt world. Originally published in 1977, and out of print for over 30 years, Fantagraphics Books is proud to reissue "Ackroyd" in a completely redesigned edition.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1978 : UK Hardback
Title: Ackroyd
Author(s): Jules Feiffer
ISBN: 0-09-132600-1 / 978-0-09-132600-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 1977 : USA Hardback
Title: Ackroyd: A Novel
Author(s): Jules Feiffer
ISBN: 0-671-22502-2 / 978-0-671-22502-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

March 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Ackroyd: A Mystery of Identity
Author(s): Jules Feiffer
ISBN: 1-56097-829-5 / 978-1-56097-829-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
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August 1978 : USA Paperback
Title: Ackroyd
Author(s): Jules Feiffer
ISBN: 0-380-39347-6 / 978-0-380-39347-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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