When arthritic New York lawyer and failed novelist Jack Kahn is abducted and tortured by No Such Agency-which might or might not be connected to the NSA-he discovers that his novel, in which a billionaire investment banker is murdered, has been copied in real life. Retained in a major case involving cyber-security, Jack realizes that he played an inadvertent part in setting it in motion a civilization-destroying conspiracy. But what can a lone lawyer and a sultry, sociopathic terrorist do to thwart one of the richest and most powerful families on the planet?
|Publisher:||Indigo Sea Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)|
About the Author
Essner & Coller, LLP, has been litigating for forty years with appalling success. His nine prior novels-Apparitions, Axe of God, Science Fiction, Bad Memory, Painting A Burning House, Lying in Wait, To Gain the Whole World and girl-have been hailed as transformative underground classics of unparalleled brilliance...and people actually enjoyed them. Visit www.robertnchan.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sixty-six-year-old lawyer Jack Kahn, fresh from double-knee replacement surgery, steps, or rather hobbles, into a conspiracy involving the NSA. But is it the National Security Agency or the right-wing No Such Agency, which proudly proclaims its non-existence, or the left-wing Nihilistic Socialist Amalgam, which seeks to achieve income inequality by killing billionaires? Newly retained in a major lawsuit involving Middle Eastern royalty whose appearance on the Terrorist Watchlist is, he hopes, an unfortunate misunderstanding, he already has more than enough problems, thank you. Oh, and how can he explain the inexplicable information appearing on his clients’ computers? And why exactly is a conspiracy that might end life on earth as we know it his problem? Chan’s tour de force of inventive exuberance is a thriller of the first order, a comic masterpiece and a sensitive portrayal of a baby boomer not close to being ready to go gentle into that good night. In these dark days when the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity, we’re lucky to have Chan to help light the way—apologies to Yeats and Thomas, who’d both undoubtedly enjoy No Such Agency.
I’m addicted to Chan’s books, love the wordplay, the pedal-to-the-metal plots, the insightful satirical commentaries and the lovable/hateable characters. You might think that an arthritic lawyer in his late sixties wouldn’t make much of a hero for a thriller, and his sexy, sociopathic nemesis might feel the same way, but there you’d both be wrong, perhaps dead wrong—her, not you. No Such Agency is totally engrossing, and so cleverly plotted that each new development had me astounded and eager to find out what happens next. A delightful and satisfying read; I can't remember when I've been so transported and enthralled.