Author(s): Jeff Noon
Jeff Noon returns with a sequel to the acclaimed A Man of Shadows, taking his hapless investigator into a city where reality is contaminated by the imagination of its citizens.
In a city where words come to life and reality is infected by stories, private eye John Nyquist wakes up in a room with a dead body.... The dead man's impossible whispers plunge him into a murder investigation like no other. Clues point him deeper into an unfolding story infesting its participants as reality blurs between place and genre.
Only one man can hope to put it all together, enough that lives can be saved.... That man is Nyquist, and he is lost.
"This superb novel of light, glass and blood proves again that Jeff Noon is one of our few true visionaries."- Warren Ellis"A disturbing and bizarre journey by one of the great masters of weird fiction."- Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time PRAISE FOR JEFF NOON Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 1994 for Vurt, listed in Lesher's Best Novels of The Nineties [Vurt] Winner of the 1995 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer "Noon is the Lewis Carroll of Manchester's housing estates: eccentric, surreal, and ready to take everything to its most absurd conclusion. In Noon's stories the cocktail of alienation, narcotics and gadgetry fizzes with energy."- The Times"To say that Jeff Noon is a talented author is like saying that Neil Armstrong has travelled a bit."- Starburst magazine"Noon is a fiercely urban writer. [He] reflects the energy of the rave generation: the hammer and twist of the music, the language of the computer games addict and the buzz of technology."- New Statesman "In his work, Noon ambitiously, constantly and effectively stretches the limits of language by creating completely innovative and new ways of telling stories, not just in terms of ideas but in the words themselves' - City Life "Noon's blend of quirky ideas, striking prose and imaginative characterisations establishes him as one of the most original voices in imaginative fiction."- Booklist"A punk Aldous Huxley stringing together images and oddities to assemble an apocalyptic dreamworld."- Arena "Energetic and unconventional... A counter-culture adventurer."- TLS "Manchester's answer to William Gibson"- Select Magazine"Let's call him the first of the psychedelic fantasists."- Time Out "A writer who has managed to develop a very individual voice, mixing often lyrical dream-like language with the harshness of his image of a future society."- The Times "Jeff Noon's books are so good they should come with a government warning."- Jockeyslut"A virtual wonderland."- Vanity Fair"Humorous, horrific and wildly original... an imaginative masterpiece."- Library Journal "Observes most of the conventions of cyberpunk fiction [yet] its imagery is insistently organic, and owes more to the underground pharmacology of the rave scene than to the world of hard wired chips and user interface."- New Yorker"Intriguingly textured, reliably witty and inventive, Noon's whirling purposeful fantasy packs a full whallop." - Kirkus Reviews "Fantasmogic and Pulpish."- Salon "Weird as it is wonderful." - London Times"No review can do Noon's writing justice: it's a phantasmagoric combination of the more imaginative science fiction masters, such as Phillip K. Dick, genres such as cyberpunk and pulp fiction, and drug culture."- Amazon"Cyberpunk at the cutting edge."- Maxim "An imaginative and linguistic tour de force... an exquisitely grimy fable." - The Independent "The bizarrely logical world Noon creates with its touches of Orwellian satire and William Gibsonesque cybervision is truly original." - Q Magazine "Dark, edgy and decaying."- GQ "Elegant, inventive, and funny."- SFX A wild hallucinatory ride through a nightmare/ dream vision of the twentieth century."- Locus"Needle in the Groove is where the mainstream of literature ought to be in the 21st century... seething, sexualised, chemically enhanced."- The Wire "Falling Out of Cars is part of Noon's continuing revolt out of genre and into creative resistance against all traditional forms of fiction."- The Guardian"There are echoes of Burroughs/Gysin's cut-up method, surrealist automatic writing, and most prominently the Oulipo's literature of constraint. An experimental work you can dance to."- Review of Contemporary Fiction
Jeff Noon is an award-winning British novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde. jeffnoon.weebly.com twitter.com/jeffnoon Author hometown: Brighton, UK