Alumni News

Film Rights Acquired for Lethem's The Feral Detective

Kroll & Co. Entertainment has acquired the film rights to The Feral Detective, the upcoming novel from Jonathan Lethem '86.

The Feral Detective

Slated for a November 2018 release, The Feral Detective is Lethem's first detective novel since Motherless Brooklyn, the anticipated 2019 film adaptation of which is written, directed by, and starring Ed Norton.


"The Feral Detective follows Phoebe Siegler, a sarcastic and garrulous woman who heads to California to try to find her best friend’s missing teenaged daughter. When a lead brings her to the stark and seedy desert towns just east of Los Angeles, Phoebe is put in contact with Charles Heist, a laconic, strange private eye with an uncanny ability to find those that don’t want to be found, who reluctantly agrees to help. She dubs him The Feral Detective. As the unlikely pair traverse the stunning desert and its enclaves and get closer to the missing girl, their lives are placed in increasing jeopardy."

Jonathan is one of America’s greatest storytellers and, without hyperbole, a true literary genius.

Producer Sue Kroll