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Clues Blues

Novelist Joe Meno returns with a detective story.

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Chicago-based author Joe Meno never stays in one place. He's jumped genres with each of his five books, which include the punk-rock romance Hairstyles of the Damned, the growing-up short-story collection Bluebirds Used to Croon in the Choir, and the pulp fiction How the Hula Girl Sings. His latest novel, The Boy Detective Fails, poses the question of what happens when a junior sleuth grows up. "It's about the disappointment and complexity of being an adult," says Meno. "There isn't always going to be an answer." Ten years after his crime-solving partner and sister kills herself, 30-year-old Billy stumbles upon some brand-new mysteries of life. "Adults forget the joy of being a kid," says Meno. "I wanted to capture that sense of wonder."
Mon., Aug. 21, 7 p.m.

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