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This paper contends that in Bleeding Edge Pynchon uses again a female unconventional detective, as he did almost fifty years earlier in The Crying of Lot 49, with the aim of gathering sufficient information for the reader to ponder on the present condition of America. However, whereas Oedipa had to deal with a classic paradigmatic definition of American society in terms of science and religion, in the later novel Maxine is at pains to understand a society ruled by the new paradigms ofdoi:10.1080/00111619.2015.1121860 fatcat:gwngmokdtjaxxmtff4j2yxjiie