Maxwell's Demon

A Novel

by Steven Hall

On Sale: 02/09/2021

Maxwell's Demon

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Maxwell's Demon

A Novel

by Steven Hall

On Sale: 02/09/2021


About the Book

This autumn, life is catching up with Thomas Quinn.

Five years ago, his sometime friend Andrew Black wrote a mystery novel that sold a million copies and then disappeared. Now could it be that Quinn is being stalked by the hero of Black’s book? His wife, Imogen, usually has the answers, but she’s working on the other side of the world and talking to her on webcam just isn’t the same.

Quinn finds himself in a world that might well be coming apart at the seams. If he can find Black, he might start finding answers.

Maxwell’s Demon forges an entirely new blend of mystery—somewhere between detective fiction, ghost story and philosophical quest. Providing the same white-knuckle thrills as Hall’s first novel, The Raw Shark Texts, this new book is also a freewheeling investigation into the magic power locked inside the alphabet, love through the looking glass, the bond between parents and children and, at its heart, the quest for meaning in a world that, with each passing season, seems to become more chaotic and untidy. 

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Critical Praise

Praise for The Raw Shark Texts - No Source

“Clever, exciting, funny and moving” - Sunday Times (London)

“Inventive, funny and extremely smart” - Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife

“Exhilarating.” - Entertainment Weekly

“Unforgettable fiction.” - Playboy

“Sharp and clear…writing on the edge of the form.” - Los Angeles Times

“A psychological thriller with shades of Memento and The Matrix and the fiction of Mark Danielewski; page-turning, playful and chilling by turns” - The Guardian

“Very entertaining. The bastard love-child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code” - Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

“Rousingly inventive.” - Washington Post

“A cult in the making” - Time Out

“A thriller that will haunt you.” - GQ

“Genuinely isn’t like anything you’ve ever read before” - Independent

“No novel with a cat called Ian in it can fail to win a place in my heart” - The Daily Telegraph

“Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent – The Raw Shark Texts is all these and more: a cult waiting to happen, a blockbuster begging to be made. Steven Hall is a truly fantastic storyteller. Investigate, now!” - Toby Litt

“An absurdly confident and intriguing debut. Move over Damien Hirst” - Esquire

“Utterly thrilling . . . leaves your heart pounding” - Marie Claire

“A thriller with elements of sci-fi, romance and memoir . . . A cracking read . . . but it’s the outrageous inventiveness that marks it out as really special” - Irish Independent

“Dizzyingly good . . . clever, fun, gripping and shot through with melancholy” - Scotland on Sunday

"Labyrinthine, mind-twisting and deliciously diabolical, yet also unexpectedly warm-hearted. Maxwell’s Demon is fantastic." - Chris Brookmyre, author of Fallen Angel

"I enjoyed Maxwell’s Demon a great deal. Anyone who enjoyed The Raw Shark Texts will be delighted by it." - Toby Litt, author of Patience

"Dazzlingly clever, wickedly playful, devastatingly poignant." - Mike Carey, author of The Trials of Koli

"A cracking detective story that seems to be investigating its own existence. Hall explores that rich border zone that lies between fiction and non-fiction, and does it with verve and a playful, adventurous spirit. A unique voice in exploratory fiction." - Jeff Noon, author of Creeping Jenny


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554681112
  • ISBN 10: 1554681111
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 02/09/2021
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary

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