Anyway, I mention these because Motherless Brooklyn reminded me of reading those books. The whole New York slightly “seedy” scene and the best description of sandwiches in writing since the Deadly Sin series, in my opinion. I mean who wouldn’t be inspired to find a deli that served up provolone and pepperoni sub ? The shared gastronomy is also a way the author creates a connection betweeen the reader and the main character of the book, Lionel Essrog, an all grown up orphan and small time hood who also happens to have Tourette Syndrome. The real genius of the writing is how the author manages to come up with so many “tics” throughout the course of the book as Lionel tries to solve the murder mystery of his employer and surrogate big brother, Frank Minna. This book works because the writer does not try to make Lionel into some lovable retard ( has anyone seen “Radio” ?..ugh) and therefore it is believable and at times, funny, as Lionel struggles not to bark or curse too much at inappropriate times. One of the best passages in the book is the description of why Lionel probably drove his cat crazy ( apparently OCD and Tourette’s are hand in hand disorders). It’s a good read overall.