|And this time, it isn't a 1,600, it's only 400 pages.|
Supposedly, there are lots of similarities to Vineland, again with California and nonconformists. The main protagonist, Doc Sportello is a mix between Mike Hammer and "The Dude".
According to today's newspaper IV is "funnier and more accessible" than any of his work before, and they already sold the film rights.
It's the seventies, right after the Tate/LaBianca murders, and the PI gets an assignment from his ex: to find her very wealthy lover.
There are of course a lot of characters with names like Flaco The Bad, Dr. Buddy Tubeside, Sledge Poteet and Trillium Fortnight. There are secret agents, potheads, loan sharks and surf-saxofonists. And a secret order, "The Golden Fang".
According to the paper, it's a parody, a "Chandler in a Hawaiian shirt", the Maltese Falcon for potheads. Some critics got tired by the density of pop culture references and insider jokes, but for people that have liked Pynchon so far, it's supposed to be a "must read".