Dead Lines

By: Bear, Greg

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New in new DJ protected by Brodart mylar DJ cover. Signed by author on full title page and dated June 6.2004. From The Critics Publisher's Weekly In this taut ghost story set in the California of everyone's dreams-and nightmares-from Hugo and Nebula winner Bear (Darwin's Children), anything-goes hardcore porn films have blasted softcore screenwriter Peter Russell's career. The horrifying abduction and murder of his young daughter has destroyed Russell's marriage; his best friend has just died; and Joseph Weinstein, the reclusive sugar daddy who employs Russell as a dogsbody, seems to be descending into senility. Worse follows. In pursuit of financial security, Russell sells Weinstein on "Trans," a seductive new gadget promising unlimited instant broad-band communication, and all too soon reaching out and touching via Trans even wakes the dead, whose path to the hereafter is now so clogged with spam and unlimited phone calls that they return to haunt the living. Bear's ability to incorporate scientific concepts into tightly woven, fast-paced story lines reaches menacing new proportions here, because it draws on that nagging suspicion that the ubiquitous, innocent-appearing cell phone may really be killing off its users. By deftly extrapolating that doubt into everyone's most dreaded fears-loss of job, loss of friends, loss of children-Bear reanimates the old story of Faust, who sold his soul for unlimited knowledge and power, hinting ominously that the price of rampant technology may be dearer than we think. Agent, Richard Curtis. (On sale June 1) Forecast: What hard SF fans Bear may lose by exploring midlife crisis while downplaying science he may pick up among mainstream readers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information. Library Journal Dedicating his latest novel to 13 masters of literary terror, from Henry James and Shirley Jackson to Fritz Leiber and Stephen King, award-winning sf author Bear (Darwin's Radio) offers a high-tech ghost story hinging on Trans, a communication device that replaces cell phones in popularity. Although it allows huge amounts of information to be transmitted instantly, the device relies on an energy source that turns out to be a route for the dead to leave this world. As spam, email, and phone calls clutter the bandwidth, it becomes increasingly difficult for the dead-like the murdered daughter of protagonist Peter Russell-to make their exit. Much of the narrative progresses via Russell's thoughts about his real and surreal encounters with inventors, family, and ghosts in contemporary Los Angeles. Though not as polished as some of Bear's sf, this is a gripping tale suitable for adult fiction collections.-Sara Tompson, Packer Engineering Lib., Naperville, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information. Kirkus Reviews The Big Sleep meets Dean Koontz in Bear's first big leap into mainstream fiction after a lifetime of high-grade SF (Darwin's Children, 2003, etc.). Bear fans know that he can outwrite nearly all SF competitors and go so deep into science that few readers can follow his hallucinatory devising. Styled with light-struck immediacy, Dead Lines is as intensely seen and free of cliches as the best Koontz when that polymath downplays the gore. Bear adapts the big death theme and scenic format of Chandler's LA masterpiece, substituting for Chandler's gumshoe a burned-out softcore movie director hired by an ailing and infirm half-billionaire to unlock certain, well, psychic secrets the old guy in his vast mansion needs to know about his soul. Or maybe about his young wife's weirder side. Mr. Joseph Benoliel wants Peter to ask the respected spiritualist Sandaji whether "someone can live without a soul." Before Sandaji can answer Peter, she faints, having seen a ghostly figure beside him. As we find out midway through, Peter's young twin daughter Daniella was murdered and left under leaves in Griffith Park. After the murder, Peter fell adrinking, and his wife Helen moved out with their other daughter, Lindsey. Now he's been sober 18 months. One night he finds Lindsey asleep in Daniella's old bed-only later it turns out to have been Daniella. Meanwhile, he's been hired to publicize Trans, a new talking device that fantastically outclasses any cell phone. In fact, it works on a subatomic bandwidth and can handle infinite amounts of information. It also attracts the dead. That's enough plot, if not too much already. With strong characters and heartfelt dialogue, Dead Lines (phones to the afterworld) iswell on its way to being a suspense classic when current genre demands find Bear bending, twisting, and forcing his understated story through commercial hoops, with a big, gory and ghastly ending. The final close, though, is a quiet-as-dust epilogue. Agent: Richard Curtis/Richard Curtis Associates

Title: Dead Lines

Author Name: Bear, Greg

Categories: Personal Collection, Signed,

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Impression

Publisher: Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., Ballantine Books: 2004

ISBN Number: 0-345-44837-5

ISBN Number 13: 9780345448378

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Signature/Autograph or Inscription: Signed by Author

A.B.Normal Book Number: 192197