David Gordon '06 Publishes Third Novel, 'The Bouncer', to Critical Acclaim

August 8, 2018

The bouncer book coverAlumnus David Gordon '06 (GS '91) released his third novel, The Bouncer, through Mysterious Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic this week. The Bouncer was briefly reviewed in the New York Times by columnist Marilyn Stasio, who called the book “a brilliantly goofy caper novel in the grand tradition of Donald E. Westlake.”


The Bouncer is a literary thriller that follows Joe Brody, “your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi.” Brody’s storyline intersects with FBI agent Donna Zamora through “a tip from a cokehead that leads to a crackdown on Gio’s strip joint in Queens and Joe’s arrest.” The novel follows Brooklyn and Queens gangsters, a terrorist plot on New York City, and much more.


Previously, Gordon has written the novels, The Serialist (2010) and Mystery Girl (2013). The Serialist won the 2011 First Novelist Award, was a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America's 2011 Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and was praised by Fiction faculty member Rivka Galchen. It was also a bestseller in Japan and France, as described in a piece Gordon wrote for the New York Times. Gordon has also authored the short story collection, White Tiger on Snow Mountain (2016).


Mysterious Bookshop, located in downtown New York, will host a book launch for The Bouncer on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018, from 6:15pm to 8:30pm.