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Night Inspector, the (1999) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

The Night Inspector follows the extraordinary life of William Bartholomew, a maimed veteran of the Civil War, as he returns from the battlefields to New York City, bent on reversing his fortunes. It is there he meets Jessie, a Creole prostitute who engages him in a venture that has its origins in the complexities and despair of the conflict he has left behind. He also befriends a deputy inspector of Customs named Herman Melville who, largely forgotten as a writer, is condemned to live in the wake of his vanished literary success and in the turmoil of his fractured family.

Original title: The Night Inspector
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalNorth AmericaAmerican Civil War
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives

Edition #1: Night Inspector, the

Night Inspector, the (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Compelling...A marvelously dark-hued story by a master craftsman." The New York Times Book Review
  • "A sublimely dark work of almost unbearable beauty. An exploration of evil, hidden identities and the dehumanizing forces of commerce, The Night Inspector has a moral heft and stylistic grace not unlike the work of Herman Melville." The Wall Street Journal
  • "A stylistic gem of a book, flawlessly plotted and philosophically rich. Busch has followed his remakable novel, Girls, not with a merely effective novel, but an essential one...Stunning." Boston Globe
  • "This haunting and intense narrative's writing explodes on each page with precise ferocity." Dallas Morning News
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Night Inspector, the (May 2000)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780449006153
Dimensions: 5.18 x 8.08 x .65 in
Pages: 304

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