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Dead On Arrival

A Novel

About the Book

A mysterious disorder threatens to destroy the world in this high-concept thriller from Pulitzer Prize—winning New York Times reporter Matt Richtel, which combines medical science, cutting-edge technology, and breathtaking suspense in the vein of Michael Crichton.

An airplane lands at a desolate airport in a remote Colorado ski town. On board, Dr. Lyle Martin, a world-class infectious disease specialist, is brusquely awakened to shocking news: everyone not on the plane appears to be dead. A lethal new kind of virus may have surfaced, threatening our survival, and now Martin—one of the most sought after virologists on the planet until his career took a precipitous slide—is at the center of the investigation.

The symptoms are the most confounding the experienced doctor has ever seen. Is it the work of terrorists? A biological attack? A natural occurrence? As word of the deadly sickness spreads, panic leads to violence and chaos. Armed and terrified partisans and patriots, stoked by technology and social media, have dug in, unknowingly creating fertile ground for the deadly syndrome Dr. Martin has begun to identify.

As the globe begins to unravel and paranoia and hatred take hold, Martin is forced to face a question as terrifying as this syndrome itself: is the world better left unsaved?

Moving at a breakneck pace from the labs of the Centers for Disease Control to the secret campus of Google X to the marble halls of the Capitol, Dead on Arrival is a brilliantly imaginative, high-concept thriller that draws on Matt Richtel's years of science and technology reporting for the New York Times, and establishes him as one of the premier technological thriller writers working today.

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Critical Praise

“A high wire act of pure, exhilirating storytelling. From a stunner of an opening to an end I never saw coming, here is a book that will keep you glued to your seat and furiously turning pages. Grab a copy and prepare to lose a day.” —JAMES ROLLINS

“Michael Crichton meets Stephen King at their finest: Topical and timely, with the creepiest opening chapters I’ve ever read, Dead on Arrival, Matt Richtel’s gripping and ominous new thriller, explores our fears about technology -- and proves they might be even more justified than we think.” —LISA GARDNER

Dead on Arrival joins the ranks of classic paranoid thrillers about human achievement run amok, with Stephen King’s The Stand and Michael Crichton’s Terminal Man. It’s hard to imagine a novel more timely.” —JOSEPH FINDER

“If you’re looking for a heart-stopping thriller to pack for your summer vacation, look no further. ... Should keep you riveted until the very last page. ... <I>Dead on Arrival</I> is a must-read for Michael Crichton fans.” —Dallas Morning News

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062443298
  • ISBN 10: 0062443291
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 08/01/2017
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: 17.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Thrillers / Technological
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Thrillers / General
  • BISAC3: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

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