Sunday, June 10, 2012

Executive Severance: A Mystery Composed On Twitter

Executive Severance: A Mystery Composed On Twitter by Robert K. Blechman. 137 pp. Neopoesis Press

Robert K. Blechman conducted an experiment completely suited to the social media era. He wrote a mystery composed entirely of “Tweets,” with each entry no longer than Twitter’s 140-character limit. In the novel, Detective Arkaby is investigating the murder of Willum Granger, a cloning pioneer whose lab is named “Body Parts R Us.” At the opening of the novel, Granger “was beside himself.” Indeed, he was severed in two.

“Executive Severance” represents a new departure in the mystery novel while presenting a fast pace, madcap situations and equally mad characters. In addition, the novel is a feast for devotees of the pun. The following Tweet is from a scene in a morgue:

He opened the fourth drawer. Inside lay Snap, Crackle and Pop from the Rice Krispies box. “We think this is the work of a cereal killer.

Tweets are integral to both the form and plot of the novel. Along with this device are more traditional elements: a romantic interest, an evil character and a suspenseful ending. Blechman has succeeded in giving the genre a uniquely contemporary twist in this innovative, humorous and entertaining “twistery.”


Robert K. Blechman said...

Thanks Jeff! Here's news:

Executive Severance, a comic mystery novel composed entirely in Twitter, has won the coveted 2012 Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work from the Media Ecology Association!

Executive Severance author Robert K. Blechman received his award at ceremonies Friday, June 8, 2012 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.
Commenting on his award, Dr. Blechman said: "Of course the Mary Shelley award is sought after by all serious writers. I am honored to be chosen as this year's winner."
Executive Severance is published by NeoPoiesis Press

Whale Fire, the companion blog to Executive Severance can be found at:

Jeff Tone said...

Congratulations, Robert! Well deserved!