In the case of The Nervous System, that involves a corrupt conservative Senator, an unsolved murder hearkening back to the days of a more intact city, and a sinister group of paramilitary contractors led by a ex-cop named Nic Deluccia. Deluccia repeatedly implies a long history between himself and Decimal, and, over the course of the novel, offers an ominously plausible explanation for both Decimal’s current condition and for New York’s devastation. The married Senators at the center of the book allow Larson to riff on New York City machine politics, conservative homophobia, and the underside of populist politics—and it can’t be coincidence that one has the last name of Koch.
In late 2011, Astrophil Press reissued his collection Contagion And Other Stories; last month saw the release of his post-apocalyptic novel Immobility. Now comes Windeye, the sixth collection of his short fiction to appear in print. His fans may need some time to catch up with such productivity (and they can catch up with him in person tonight as part of “Laughter in the Dark: The Comedy of Noir” with Tim Horvath and Bradford Morrow at McNally Jackson bookstore).