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The New York Times bestseller from “one of the most astute and entertaining commentators on our astonishing, chaotic present.”( Washington Post Book World)

Hollis Henry is a journalist on investigative assignment for a magazine called Node, which doesn’t exist yet. Bobby Chombo is a producer working on cutting-edge art installations. In his day job, Bobby is a trouble-shooter for military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one.

Hollis Henry has been told to find him.

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Spook Country
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January 22nd, 2013
Gibson's second novel in the Blue Ant trilogy grew on me after a re-reading. After the continent-spanning sweep of Pattern Recognition and the brand-allergic minor-superpowers of Cayce Pollard, Spook Country seemed a little hemmed-in, a smaller story. But coming back to it again, I more fully appreciated its feeling of in-betweenness: rock stars trying to start new careers, organized criminals that are barely there, addicts hoping for self-erasure, half-retired spooks and the now ubiquitous not-quite-government "contractors" who have replaced them. Gibson's great gift has always been describing the future almost here. As the future he describes gets ever closer to the present, we are forced into the deliciously uncomfortable position of realizing that we are reading a future becoming present while we read, with no time for an alternative even if we wanted one.
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