Jack Glass: The Story of a Murderer

Jack Glass: The Story of a Murderer

by Adam Roberts
     
 

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Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia—an innovative literary voice working at the height of his powers

Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by Glass, the

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Golden Age SF meets Golden Age Crime from the author of Swiftly, New Model Army, and Yellow Blue Tibia—an innovative literary voice working at the height of his powers

Jack Glass is the murderer—we know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by Glass, the reader will be surprised to find out that it was Glass who was the killer and how he did it. And by the end of the book our sympathies for the killer are fully engaged. Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of golden age SF, this is another bravura performance from Roberts. Whatever games he plays with the genre, whatever questions he asks of the reader, Roberts never loses sight of the need to entertain. This novel has some wonderfully gruesome moments, is built around three gripping HowDunnits, and comes with liberal doses of sly humor. Roberts invites us to have fun and tricks us into thinking about both crime and SF via a beautifully structured novel set in a society whose depiction challenges notions of crime, punishment, power, and freedom. It is an extraordinary novel.

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"In the tradition of Swift, Orwell and Atwood."  —Times

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ISBN-13:
9780575127630
Publisher:
Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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"In the tradition of Swift, Orwell and Atwood."  —Times

Meet the Author

Adam Roberts is a novelist whose titles include By Light AloneThe Dragon with the Girl TattooGradisil, New Model ArmySalt, Swiftly, and Yellow Blue Tibia. His work has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award.

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