THE SALINGER CONTRACT by Adam Langer
Publisher Open Road, September 2013
An enthralling literary mystery that connects some of the world’s most
famous authors—from Norman Mailer and Truman Capote to B. Traven and J. D.
Salinger—to a sinister collector in Chicago
Adam Langer, the narrator of this deft and wide-ranging novel by the author
of the same name, tells the intertwining tales of two writers navigating a
plot neither one of them could have ever imagined. There may be no other
escape than to write their way out of it.
Adam is a writer and stay-at-home dad in Bloomington, Indiana, drawn into an
uneasy friendship with the charismatic and bestselling thriller author
Conner Joyce. Conner is having trouble writing his next book, and when a
menacing stranger approaches him with an odd—and lucrative—proposal, events
quickly begin to spiral out of control.
A novel of literary crimes and misdemeanors, The Salinger Contract will
delight anyone who loves a fast-paced story told with humor, wit, and
"Whom do we really write for and why? Langer’s mad-genius look at
creativity, publishing, and the difference between what we do for love and
what we’re forced to do for money, plumbs the dark side of inspiration with
funhouse aplomb. Dizzyingly brilliant, with prose as clear as a rushing
-- Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures
of You and Is This Tomorrow
"‘Revelatory. Keeps all its secrets to the end, which is a whopper.’ . . .
Wait. That’s a blurb for a novel within Adam Langer’s novel. But it applies
just as well to The Salinger Contract, Langer’s latest nervy excursion on
the boundary between fiction, non-fiction, and literary gamesmanship. A lot
of fun, up to and including that whopper..."
-- Ben Yagoda, author of How to Not Write Bad: The Most Common
Writing Problems and the Best Ways to Avoid Them and Memoir: A
"In The Salinger Contract Adam Langer serves as chief anthropologist,
guiding us deftly through the tribal customs of the literary world – its
longings, follies, disappointments, and secret obsessions. Like nesting
boxes, this novel is neat with puzzles and intrigue. I couldn’t put it down
– a cliché I can’t resist!"
-- Patricia Henley, National Book Award-nominated author of Other
Heartbreaks and In the River Sweet