Big If: A Novel

Big If: A Novel

by Mark Costello
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Big If: A Novel by Mark Costello

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393088328
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 934,172
File size: 669 KB

About the Author

Mark Costello, whose first novel, Bag Men, was written under the name John Flood, lives in New York.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1962

Place of Birth:

Winchester, Massachusetts


B.A., Amherst College, 1984; J.D., Yale Law School, 1988

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Big If 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.