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Publisher's Summary

Early one morning in New York City, Will Heller, a 16-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, gets on a New York City uptown B train on a fantastic and terrifying quest to save the world. Violet Heller, his desperate mother, is joined by Ali Lateef, a missing persons specialist, in a desperate attempt to locate her son before psychosis claims him completely. As the stakes grow higher, Lateef gradually comes to realize that this is more than a case of a runaway teen: Will Heller has a chilling case history, and Violet - beautiful and enigmatic, harbors a secret that Lateef will discover at his own peril.
©2009 John Wray (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The novel has a thriller-like pace, and Wray keeps us riveted and guessing, finding chilling rhetorical and pictorial equivalents for Will's uniquely dysfunctional perspective...The suspense is expertly maintained, straight through the novel's dreamlike climactic encounter and heart-wrenching final paragraph. The opening pages recall Salinger's Holden Caulfield, but the denouement and haunting aftertaste may make the stunned reader whisper 'Dostoevsky.' Yes, it really is that good." ( Kirkus starred)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Seth H. Wilson on 03-22-09

Tight, Evocative Storytelling

Lowboy, the nickname of the novel's main character, owing to his proclivity for riding the New York subway "low" underground, is on a mission. The opening pages establish the timeframe for this mission: it must be accomplished in a single day. Thus Wray meets one of Aristotle's requisites for good storytelling--the unity of time.

Wray's writing is excellent in almost every other respect. The pacing is perfect and keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat. The dialogue is at once humorous and touching. Symbolism runs consistently throughout the novel.

I find that the vivid metaphors of the book sometimes range beyond the brilliant and into the obscure or opaque, but this doesn't detract much from the overall writing.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Cindy on 03-22-15

Did not like it--at all

It just seemed to stop. Which was a good thing in its way because I coud never get into it. The plight of these strange people was never brought home to me. Not sure if tht is a reflection of me or the writer but should not a writer have a story to tell, first and foremost? Did not seem to be one here. At least not for me.

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