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This autumn, life is catching up with struggling novelist Thomas Quinn.
Five years ago, his sometimes friend Andrew Black wrote a single, million copy-selling mystery novel and then disappeared. Now could it be that Quinn is being stalked by the hero of Black’s book? His wife Imogen usually has the answers but she’s working on the other side of the world and talking to her on webcam just isn’t the same.
Quinn finds himself in a world that might well be coming apart at the seams. If he can find Black, he might start finding answers.
Maxwell’s Demon forges an entirely new blend of mystery – somewhere between detective fiction, ghost story and philosophical quest. With the same white-knuckle thrills as Hall’s first novel, The Raw Shark Texts, this new book is also a freewheeling investigation into the magic power locked inside the alphabet, love through the looking glass, the bond between parents and children, and, at its heart, the quest for meaning in a world that, with each passing season, seems to become more chaotic and untidy.
'Labyrinthine, mind-twisting and deliciously diabolical, yet also unexpectedly warm-hearted. Maxwell’s Demon is fantastic'
'Dazzlingly clever, wickedly playful, devastatingly poignant'
'A cracking detective story that seems to be investigating its own existence'
'Anyone who enjoyed The Raw Shark Texts will be delighted'
PRAISE FOR THE RAW SHARK TEXTS:
'Inventive, funny and extremely smart . . . I nearly fell off my chair with admiration'
'A cult in the making'
'A pychological thriller with shades of Memento and The Matrix and the fiction of Mark Danielewski; page-turning, playful and chilling by turns'
'Clever, exciting, funny and moving'
'Very entertaining. The bastard love-child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code'
'Genuinely isn't like anything you've ever read before'
'No novel with a cat called Ian in it can fail to win a place in my heart'
'Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent – The Raw Shark Texts is all these and more: a cult waiting to happen, a blockbuster begging to be made. Steven Hall is a truly fantastic storyteller. Investigate, now!'
'An absurdly confident and intriguing debut. Move over Damien Hirst'
'Utterly thrilling . . . leaves your heart pounding'
'A thriller with elements of sci-fi, romance and memoir . . . A cracking read . . . but it's the outrageous inventiveness that marks it out as really special'
'Dizzyingly good . . . clever, fun, gripping and shot through with melancholy'
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