Now a major motion picture by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Joaquin Phoenix, this 2009 novel from the National Book Award–winning author of Gravity's Rainbow and Mason & Dixon is part noir, part psychedelic romp, and all Thomas Pynchon. When sometime private eye "Doc" Sportello unexpectedly receives a visit from his ex-girlfriend in 1970 Los Angeles, with a story about a plot to kidnap a rich land developer whom she just happens to be in love with, Doc comes out of his pot-induced haze long enough to get himself into all kinds of trouble.
"Inherent Vice is Thomas Pynchon doing Raymond Chandler through a Jim Rockford looking glass, starring Cheech Marin (or maybe Tommy Chong)."—LATimes
"The funniest book Pynchon has written.... It has the moral fury that's fueled his work from the start—his ferociously batshit compassion for America and the lost tribes who wander through it."—Rolling Stone