The Zero

  • by Jess Walter
  • Narrated by Christopher Graybill
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.From its opening scene, when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head, novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian mayor and peopled by gawking celebrities, anguished policemen, and real-estate divas hyping the spoils of tragedy. Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror or send him circling back to himself is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.


What the Critics Say

"A deliriously mordant political satire." (Publishers Weekly)
"Walter builds the hellish aftermath from scratch, transforming that day...into a noir page-turner with powerful social commentary about the marketing of a tragedy and the endless ways in which some citizens have profited by it....Walter is an immensely talented writer." (Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wow ...

This was not what I expected. Like many novels about 9/11 by familiar authors, this was largely a departure from the author's other work. The story is explained in the last 15 minutes; I'm just not sure I like the explanation. What this does have in common with other Jess Walter novels is his ability to give his audience pause. The reading by Christopher Graybill is spectacular. Listen til the very end and then decide.
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- Dawn

I don't get it

I had just finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and was blown away. I immediately bought this because I was so impressed by the author's writing style. I really wanted to like this. It is well written, but it's just not for me. Didn't even finish listening. I will definitely try another Jess Walter book though.
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- Diane "Diane"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-25-2006
  • Publisher: HarperAudio