Death Comes for the Deconstructionist by Daniel Taylor, the fourth book from Slant, officially released this month. Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai and Officer Ellie Rush mysteries, says “Taylor blends a passion for theology, civil rights, and the saving grace of story in a mystery involving an unlikely pair of underdog investigators. . . . [He] displays the natural skills of a crime writer in his debut novel set in the world of academia.” Taylor’s tragicomic mystery, a detective story that is at once suspenseful, provocative, and emotionally resonant, asks not only “whodunit” but whether truth is ultimately something we create rather than discover.
For a sneak peek, you can read the first three chapters of Death Comes for the Deconstructionist by clicking here. In this excerpt you’ll meet Jon Mote–grad school dropout and serial failure–who has been hired to investigate the murder of his erstwhile mentor, Richard Pratt, a star in the firmament of literary theory. You’ll also meet his only source of hope: the dogged love of his developmentally disabled sister, Judy, who serves as cheerleader, critic, and moral compass.
Congratulations to Daniel on the release of Death Comes for the Deconstructionist.