The Serialist: A Novel

The Serialist: A Novel

by David Gordon
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The Serialist: A Novel by David Gordon


Harry Bloch is a struggling writer who pumps out pulpy serial novels—from vampire books to detective stories—under various pseudonyms. But his life begins to imitate his fiction when he agrees to ghostwrite the memoir of Darian Clay, New York City’s infamous Photo Killer. Soon, three young women turn up dead, each one murdered in the Photo Killer’s gruesome signature style, and Harry must play detective in a real-life murder plot as he struggles to avoid becoming the killer’s next victim.

Witty, irreverent, and original, The Serialist is a love letter to books—from poetry to pornography—and proof that truth really can be stranger than fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439159774
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Gordon is the author and illustrator of the critically acclaimed The Ugly Truckling and The Three Little Riggs. His first book for Simon & Schuster was the adorable Smitten. He has done concept work for Pixar’s Toy Story; Toy Story 2; A Bug’s Life; Monsters, Inc.; and Cars; as well as Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. He also did character design work on Blue Sky’s Robots. He lives in New York City. Visit him at

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The Serialist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting for more from him.
AshleyReader More than 1 year ago
This is definitely not fine literature but it is very entertaining and reads fast. A great book to bring on a plane or train.
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Gaz More than 1 year ago
Yuk! Send this novel to some intergalactic jail house and never allow it to return to earth again. Unlike the vampire characters I just couldn't sink my teeth into this novel. It took half of the book to arrive at the primary plot. The nonsense side bar stories were ridiculous unless you enjoy far out sci-fi comic books with a dab of porn. Too unconventional in style for me. Rambles like a lost soul seeking closure. In my opinion, Mr. Gordon should retrace his steps and re-enter the worlds of film, fashion and publishing. Scratch this author from my list.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
David Gordon's The Serialist is humorous, witty and gory. Not for the faint-hearted. Harry Bloch is an author is on the edge of actually making the big time. He writes a lot of schlocky novels, but thinks he will get is big break write the biography for a serial killer. Instead the serial killer, Darian Clay wants him to write little vignettes involving women who have written to him while in prision before he will reveal himself to Bloch. The only problem is that after Bloch interviews these women and writes his little porn stories, they end up dead. Now, to avoid prison, Harry takes it upon himself to find out who is murdering these women and stop from getting killed himself. As mention above, this novel has it's funny and witty moments but can be pretty graphic.
barb1wired More than 1 year ago
I found this book by chance when searching for something at the library. What a pleasant surprise. Harry Bloch ekes out a living as a writer, just not under his own name (He dresses in his mother's clothes for one author photo). He supplements that by "tutoring" high school students (writing their papers). He sees the chance to make a name for himself, under his own name, penning the story of The Photo Killer, a serial killer on death row. Harry begins by interviewing the killer's groupies who start turning up dead, murdered in the same manner as the killer's previous victims. Then Harry becomes the prime suspect. What remains is a somewhat standard whodunit, but I was intrigued and entertained, especially by the author's choice to insert "excerpts" from some of Harry's stories in the story. An entertaining read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Harry Bloch is an author who works in many genres, but each book he writes have in common one thing: none were published under his real name. His first gig was writing porn for Raunchy magazine. While at a back cover photo shoot, he receives a letter from death row inmate Darien Clay, who offers to tell Harry a true story of his life if he visits him in Sing Sing. Darien explains further that he will talk to Harry if the writer will interview his groupies and writes a story about them with the convict as the star and each woman having a chapter. Harry interviews three women, but after leaving the third female, he goes back to her place only to find her cut to pieces with her hand missing; just the way Darien described how he tortured and killed his victims. Harry calls the police who inform him the first women were killed in the same gruesome way. The cops believe Harry killed the three victims until he is shot at and almost killed. As the police look for new suspects, Harry also seeks the culprit before more of Darien's darlings turn up dead. Told by Harry in the first person, The Serialist is an exciting but grim dark thriller that reads somewhat like an action-packed pulp tale. The protagonist is an average person except for his writing skill who finds himself in an extraordinary situation that requires him to rise to the occasion to extract himself from a deadly horrific mess. Even he is unsure he can do it, but like many a hero before him, Harry knows he must overcome his fears and shortcomings to face the enemy who is taking a page out of Darien's book. Harriet Klausner