"Future humans will almost surely elide the brief interregnum between the fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of the Internet, but then nobody ever much respected the 1990sand the 1990s never much cared. Scott Spires did, howeverand, belying all hackneyed notions of slackerdom, wrote this heartfelt and headstrong book, a masterly novel of how it felt to have friends, love, and work in the last decade that could ever be lost, when time was not to be managed but wasted, and irony was not a pose but a mode of compassion."
—Joshua Cohen, author of Book of Numbers and The Netanyahus
"What Tom Wolfe achieved in the last decades of the twentieth century for Manhattan in The Bonfire of the Vanities and Atlanta in A Man in Full, Scott Spires has succeeded in doing for Chicago in the late 1990's with his novel, Abandon All Hope. The world the two protagonists inhabit, filled with diverse and sometimes quirky characters, makes for an entertaining and thought-provoking examination of the human condition of which we are all a part."
—Richard D. Bank, author of The Tree of Sorrow: Growing Up In The Shadow of the Holocaust and I Am Terezin
"Abandon All Hope is a grin-on-your-way-to-the-gallows book. And smile you will. But smile too much and you will miss the insights into American culture that illumine Scott Spires' novel. Though set in the Chicago of the late 90s, Abandon All Hope's prescient shadows extend all too tellingly into the America of today."
—Harry Ringel, author of Shemhazai's Game and The Phantom of Skid Row
"I can already tell this is the sort of story that is going to stick with me for a while, popping into my head as I'm riding the El or clocking into work for the day. I highly recommend it to any reader looking for an extremely well-written and thought-provoking novel."
—Paige Doepke, Windy City Reviews