Beneath the Neon Egg

Author(s): Thomas E. Kennedy


Patrick Bluett is searching for a new life in the low light of a Copenhagen winter. Divorced and navigating the rocky relationship with his grown-up, nest-flown children, Bluett spends his days listening to John Coltrane's majestic jazz symphony A Love Supreme and gazing out at the frozen streets, a desolate landscape that somehow matches his reflection in the window. His nights, however, are a little different. Walking unsteadily across the cobblestones, he moves between the neon-tinted bars and clubs of his adopted home, talking whiskey, women and the world with the other lost souls of Copenhagen, those who only seem to come out at night. But when he befriends a neighbour, a man in similar circumstances, the apartment across the hall reveals some strange secrets and Bluett realises how little he really knows of the darkness of the city.


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A novel of jazz, violence, sex, death, love and the underbelly of life, this is the final novel in Thomas E. Kennedy's Copenhagen Quartet

Thomas E. Kennedy is an astonishment, and In the Company of Angels is as elegant as it is beautiful, as important as it is profound. A marvel of a read Junot D az, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [on In the Company of Angels] Falling Sideways is the finest novel I have read in many years. Thomas E. Kennedy is a true discovery, an author of rare intelligence and moral vision. Not least, the book is immensely compelling and beautifully written Alain de Botton [on Falling Sideways] Stunning prose that twirls with the improvisations of the jazz musicians Kerrigan admires New York Times [on Kerrigan in Copenhagen]

Thomas E. Kennedy's many books include novels, story and essay collections, literary criticism, translations and anthologies. He teaches in the MFA programme at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Beneath the Neon Egg is the final book in his Copenhagen Quartet, following In the Company of Angels, Falling Sideways and Kerrigan in Copenhagen. Born and raised in New York, he lives in Copenhagen with his two children.

General Fields

  • : 9781408845189
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : November 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Thomas E. Kennedy
  • : Paperback
  • : 192