The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.
On Sale: August 29, 2006
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From its opening pages—when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to
find he's shot himself in the head—novelist Jess Walter
takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country
shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating
terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds
that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of
lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own
life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured
and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian
mayor known as "The Boss," and peopled by gawking
celebrities, anguished policemen peddling First Responder
cereal, and pink real estate divas hyping the spoils of
tragedy. Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know,
a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job
chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence
agency known as the Department of Documentation. Whether
that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror cell—or send
him circling back to himself—is only one of the questions
posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.
From a novelist of astounding talent, The Zero is an
extraordinary story of how our trials become our
transgressions, of how we forgive ourselves and whether or
not we should.
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