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A stock market trader in Hong Kong desperate to pay off a fifty-three-million-dollar gangster debt. A mysterious suicide bomber in Mumbai under the spell of a dangerous myth. A banker in Amsterdam waging a lone battle to avert a global catastrophe.
Three men whose disparate journeys are connected by a dizzying chain of causes and effects from Afterlife Dollars. A product based on Chinese mythology that promises happiness in the next world, yet has a devastating effect on this one. As the characters grapple with their individual moral dilemmas, their choices will affect the rest of humanity.
Profound, intense and cleverly plotted with unexpected twists and turns, Dead Money is a multi-faceted satire about capitalism, religion and how the very things that make us human can ultimately lead to our demise.
A Note From the Publisher
This is his debut novel and I am SO excited for you to read it. Set in the last 20 years, it investigates the advent of a new currency - one that promises the perfect afterlife and sets in motion a series of events that will have lasting effects on humanity.
You might be thinking the same thing as I -- how could I possibly suspend my disbelief that people would fall for this kind of thing, enough that it would set off catastrophic events? But Srinath builds in the frailties of humanity pitted against the kinds of things that bring out the worst in us - like a pandemic.
I acquired this book long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's eerie how relevant this book is now. But I loved it back then, and I still love it. I think it's the way that Srinath can make me believe in the unbelievable and feel empathy for characters who do both the horrible and heroic is remarkable.
I hope you find this book as engaging as I do and I look forward to reading your thoughts here on NetGalley, on your socials or on your favorite online bookstore.
Cheers, Michelle Halket - Publisher, Central Avenue
“A satire for our times: scathing, hilarious and immensely gripping. Perfectly timed with a central premise so close to the bone, it gives you chills.”
— Georgina Penney, Author of Fly In, Fly Out; Irrepressible You; Summer Harvest
Compare it to: Brave New World, 1984, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom; Fall: or Dodge in Hell
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