Mark Costello's kaleidoscopic novel weaves together the stories of three people who guard the life of the Vice-President of the United States. Their problems multiply when their chief, Felker, realizes that he is better at planning attacks than foiling them, and disappears. While the team struggles to protect the V.P. and discover the whereabouts of their most dangerous threat, they must also contend with their unravelling personal lives. With Felker on the loose, the election just days away and family traumas abounding Costello seamlessly interlaces the team's burgeoning troubles. Big If juggles assassination threats with school runs and political victories with growing personal crises. It is a gripping, giddying, utterly original novel that will exhilarate and unnerve its readers in equal measure.
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'Mark Costello's fine second novel... should further convince readers that it was a happy day when he decided to stop prosecuting individual criminals and instead put all of America in the dock.' Guardian 'A fine and highly enjoyable novel... the stuff of good fiction.' Daily Telegraph 'A triumphant second novel' Independent 'He charts the entropic motion of American society... as if he were a Pynchon or DeLillo' Independent on Sunday 'It's a masterly performance... Franzen and David Foster Wallace are welcoming him deservedly into the highest echelon (under-50s division) of American fiction.' John Dugdale, Sunday Times 'While many other writers only dream of achieving greatness, Mark Costello's work should have been born with the words "Great American Novel" stamped on the front.' Economist Books of the Year 'I love this stuff - It's inventive' Time Out Book of the Week 'Like every writer of real distinction, Mark Costello stakes out territory which, until his arrival, you would never have guessed it was vital to read about immediately... Costello sure-handedly captures the uncertainties of our times.' Jonathan Franzen, author of The CorrectionsAbout the Author:
Mark Costello worked as a Federal Prosecutor for five years before writing his first novel, Bag Men. Big If was published in 2004.
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