A scary, funny novel—a riff on recent history and the American obsession with assassination.
It's winter in New Hampshire, the economy is booming, the vice president is running for president, and his Secret Service people are very, very tense.
Meet Vi Asplund, a young Secret Service agent mourning her dead father. She goes home to New Hampshire to see her brother Jens, a computer genius who just might be going mad—and is poised to make a fortune on Big If, a viciously nihilistic computer game aimed at teenagers. Vi's America, as she sees it in the crowds, in her brother, and in her fellow agents, is affluent, anxious, and abuzz with vague fantasies of violence.
Through a gallery of vivid characters—heroic, ignoble, or desperate—Mark Costello's hilarious novel limns the strategies, both sound and absurd, that we conjure to survive in daily life.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||669 KB|
About the Author
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:July 3, 1962
Place of Birth:Winchester, Massachusetts
Education:B.A., Amherst College, 1984; J.D., Yale Law School, 1988
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is bogged down with computer jargon in the middle of the book that almost made me stop reading it. A plot line that is developed early in the book is revealed way too quick and early. The book left me with "well, what happend to..." more than it did satisfaction.
This is really a character piece mostly focusing on a female secret service agent and her brother. But it is also about her group of five agents assigned to protect the vice-president who is running for president. It's not really a comedy. It's more quirky with humor. Not a clean narrative throughline. The books takes diversions. If you expect a thriller, you may be dissappointed. Wonderful characters that you really care about.