Jack O'Connell Word Made Flesh

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Word Made Flesh

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9780060192099: Word Made Flesh

"In the beginning was the Word ..."

Jack O'Connell, award-winning author of Box Nine, Wireless, and The Skin Palace, returns with Word Made Flesha magnificent mix of crime fiction, philosophy, and futuristic satire. Rich in atmosphere, language, and imagination, this is a beautifully written, stunningly original novel that James Ellroy calls "a tour de force."

In Quinsigamond, a worn-out New England factory town, a soulless cabal has come to rule the streets. Gilrein knows this dark world, and experienced its treacheries firsthand when his wife, a fellow police officer, was supposedly killed in the line of duty. Now Gilrein has exchanged his badge for the wheel of a Checker cab, yet he still cannot let go of the past or the long-buried instincts he honed on the beat.When he discovers startling and dangerous evidence concerning his wife's death, he begins an investigation that will plumb the depths of a macabre conspiracy and pit him against a force more sinister than any he's encountered before.

Gilrein has only an eccentric grab bag of alleged allies, including a refugee from an Eastern European country who is haunted by memories of a terrible day there; the aloof Inspector with his uncanny ability to make criminals talk; and Gilrein's ex-lover, a young academic obsessed with a century-old murder.

Unforgettably powerful and provocative, Word Made Flesh humorously yet profoundly probes the essence of memory, evil, obsession, and love. Brilliantly executed and lyrically told, this masterful work indisputably ranks Jack O'Connell among the first names in literary suspense.

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About the Author:

JACK O'CONNELL is the author of several acclaimed novels. O'Connell has been described as a cyberpunk Dashiell Hammett. His dark, noir-ish crime stories are dragging the crime genre into new realms. He lives in Wooster, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

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"Word Made Flesh is a great book, as intelligent as it is thrilling. Jack O'Connell writes with a rare, dark grace. The alluring nocturnal world he draws us into lies smack dab between Chandler's and Kafka's. Word Made Flesh disturbed me and I mean that with the greatest of admiration." -- Michael Ledwidge, author of The Narrowback

"Word Made Flesh made the hair stand up on the back of my mind. Dark, cunning, and wickedly clever, it outsmarts you at just about every turn. Terrific stuff." -- Jonathan Carroll, author of Kissing the Beehive

"Word Made Flesh took my breath away and replaced it with an hallucinatory mixture of nitrous oxide and a cold wind from a future world that's both eerily frightening and erotically mesmerizing. More than anything else that I've read in the last ten years, this is where the writing of the next millenium is going to happen: a brilliant synthesis of science fiction and noir sensibilities." -- K.W. Jeter, author of Dr. Adder and Noir

"A bloody, Borgesian nightmare, Word Made Flesh exists at the confluence of suspense, of horror, of roman and detective novel, using all of these approaches and more to eviscerate the language and reveal the Wormtown inside each one of us." -- Neil Gaiman, author of Neverwhere

"A chase story, an allegory, and a brilliant riff on language. Jack O'Connell is the future of the dark, literary suspense novel." -- James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential

"A marvelous mystery about the birth and death of language, the strange, chaotic power of the printed page in our sad, high-tech universe, and the need of one cop-turned-tax driver to pull memory from amnesia." -- Jerome Charyn, author of Citizen Sidel

"A triumph of style and content: a world of such dark, repellent beauty, teetering forever on the edge of nightmare - yet shot with rays of curdled sunlight. As its damaged characters slug their way out of the back streets of language a whole new voice is born, the most compelling I've heard in a long time. Assured and utterly satisfying." -- Michael Marshall Smith, author of Spares

"A writer of terrific gifts." -- The Independent on Sunday (London)

"One of the most original novels I've read in years. Made up of equal parts hard-boiled detective story, futuristic satire, myth, and metafiction...a heady concoction...Imagine Kafka writing The Maltese Falcon, or Borges or Pynchon one of Raymond Chandler's novels and you only begin to get a sense of what this funny, complex, and thoroughly entertaining novel is about." -- Michael C. White, author of A Brother's Blood

"With Word Made Flesh Jack O'Connell has creeped up on the greats and scared them silent. He ignites your good dreams and your bad dreams but, as is the case with only the very best writers, he leaves you uncertain which is which. A mesmerizing novel, rich with pleasurable nuance and sudden shock and tricks of the senses. A terrific novel in all the worthwhile ways." -- Daniel Woodrell, author of Tomato Red

"Think BLADE RUNNER as imagined by Kafka in a dream of Fritz Lang. A rhetorical exercise in satiric impersonation that's paced, reactive, and laced with the ghosts of screams." -- THE GUARDIAN (London)

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