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About this book
Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Ed O’Loughlin returns with an exhilarating techno-thriller and modern spy novel reminiscent of William Gibson and the golden age of international espionage fiction.
Michael is out of his depth. The closest he ever came to working in tech was when he rode a delivery bike for a food app in Vancouver. Yet when his coder girlfriend dies, he is inexplicably headhunted by sinister tech mogul Campbell Fess, who transplants him to Silicon Valley. There, a reluctant female spy named Aoife lures him into the hands of Towse, an enigmatic war-gamer, who tricks them both into joining his quest to save the world, and reality itself, from the deadliest weapon ever invented.
Hunted by government agents and corporate goons, manipulated at every turn by the philosophising Towse, Aoife and Michael find themselves in an intercontinental chase which will take them from California to New York, from the forests of Uganda to Jerusalem, Gaza, Alexandria, and Paris, and to a final showdown with the truth in Aoife’s native Ireland.
About the Author
ED O’LOUGHLIN is an Irish Canadian author and journalist. He is the author of three novels, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Minds of Winter,the critically acclaimed Toploader, andthe Booker Prize–longlisted Not Untrue and Not Unkind. As a journalist, Ed has reported from Africa for several papers, including the Irish Times. He was the Middle East correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age of Melbourne. Ed was born in Toronto and raised in Ireland. He now lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.
Awards and Praise
“An incredibly fast-paced literary thriller, beautifully written, occupying its own unique territory somewhere between Graham Greene and William Gibson.” — Kevin Power, award-winning author of Bad Day in Blackrock and White City