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Box Nine

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 A narcotics detective wages war against a deadly new stimulant

The drug is called Lingo, and it’s the most powerful narcotic Lenore has ever seen. This cheaply manufactured pill races straight for the brain’s language center, supercharging it so that even a dimwitted person can speak and read at 1,500 words per minute. It induces giddiness, confidence, and sexual euphoria—with a side effect of murderous...

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Overview

 A narcotics detective wages war against a deadly new stimulant

The drug is called Lingo, and it’s the most powerful narcotic Lenore has ever seen. This cheaply manufactured pill races straight for the brain’s language center, supercharging it so that even a dimwitted person can speak and read at 1,500 words per minute. It induces giddiness, confidence, and sexual euphoria—with a side effect of murderous rage. The drug has come to Quinsigamond, a fading industrial center in the heart of Massachusetts, and it’s going to tear this town apart.
 
Lenore believes she can stop that from happening. A narcotics detective with a few addictions of her own—amphetamines and heavy metal, to name a couple—she loves nothing more than her gun, until she meets Dr. Frederick Woo, the linguist assisting her on the case. Together they can stop the drug—if it doesn’t take hold of them first.

The stunning debut that won the 1990 Mysterious Discovery Contest. Lt. Lenore Thomas faces ever-increasing, sinister odds as a new psychedelic drug hits the street and her own frightening addiction to speed and violence deepens. A haunting story of a young woman's disintegration--and a town's dark decay.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Stunningly original . . . Jack O’Connell’s vision is spellbinding: by turns hilarious and terrifying.” —James Ellroy

“This dark, disturbing book . . . speaks with a fine fury about the yearning for forbidden knowledge and the language to articulate the mysteries it unlocks.” —The New York Times

“Strong stuff, all right: O’Connell gets so deep inside his small-town cast that it'’s a relief to turn the last page.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Stunningly original . . . Jack O’Connell’s vision is spellbinding: by turns hilarious and terrifying.” —James Ellroy
 
“This dark, disturbing book . . . speaks with a fine fury about the yearning for forbidden knowledge and the language to articulate the mysteries it unlocks.” —The New York Times
 
“Strong stuff, all right: O’Connell gets so deep inside his small-town cast that it'’s a relief to turn the last page.” —Kirkus Reviews

Michael Garry Smout
Too dark and brooding to be a page turner like Willard, Box Nine is nevertheless an absorbing read with the only niggle being the coincidence of the siblings in totally different professions getting independently mixed up in the same mess. -- Barcelona Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
O'Connell shows talent in his prize-winning debut, which teams detective Lenore Thomas with a Chinese linguist to track down a drug ring in a city very much like Worcester, Mass. Feb.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453236772
  • Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Series: Quinsigamond Series
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 1,458,138
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack O'Connell

Jack O'Connell is the author of four widely acclaimed novels. He lives with his wife and children in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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