Box Nine

Box Nine

by Jack O'Connell
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453236772
Publisher:
Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Quinsigamond Series
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Jack O’Connell (b. 1959) is the author of five critically acclaimed, New York Times–bestselling crime novels. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, O’Connell’s earliest reading was the dime novel paperbacks and pulp fiction sold in his corner drug store, whose hard-boiled attitude he carried over to his own writing. He has cited his hometown’s bleak, crumbling infrastructure as an influence on Quinsigamond, the fictional city where his first four novels were set, and whose decaying industrial landscape served as a backdrop for strange thrillers which earned O’Connell a reputation as a “cyberpunk Dashiell Hammett.”

O’Connell’s most recent novel was The Resurrectionist (2008). A former student at Worcester’s College of the Holy Cross, he now teaches there, not far from where he and his family live just outside of his hometown.

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