Mystery #2 for Literary Snobs: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

  With our second mystery, we move from the surreal river running through the dark continent to the surreal freeways running through sunny California. Same themes, same structure. In Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49, our reluctant detective is Oedipa Mass, a California housewife whose name is our first hint at ...