The absurdly brilliant and mind-twisting second novel from Steven Hall, author of the acclaimed The Raw Shark Texts
‘Deliciously diabolical’ Chris Brookmyre
‘Wickedly playful’ M.R. Carey
Thomas Quinn is having the strangest autumn …
Nine years ago, his mentor Andrew Black wrote a million-copy-selling mystery novel – and then disappeared. Now could it be that Thomas is being stalked by the hero of Black’s book? And that new answerphone message sounds a lot like his own father. His father who has been dead for years.
Thomas’s wife Imogen usually has the answers but she’s on the other side of the world. If he can just find Black, perhaps Thomas might start finding some answers …
With the same white-knuckle thrills as Hall’s first novel, The Raw Shark Texts, Maxwell’s Demon is 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 chaotic and untidy world.
“Thirteen years after The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall comes back with another dazzlingly smart postmodern treat. Maxwell’s Demon is both steeped in high European theory – think Calvino and Eco – and enormously enjoyable”
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“Ingeniously plotted and compulsively well-paced, a blend of detective story and science fiction with an epistemology course thrown in”
“A postmodern mystery … Ingenious fun … Showily postmodern, full of odd typographical elements, altered realities and intertextual jokes … Maxwell’s Demon is consistently fun and often impressive”
guardian, Book Of The Day
“An engaging, pacy mystery as well as an exploration of reality, entropy and the language of a modern creative landscape … The book is full of conceptual and typographic trickery and it’s soaked in an appreciation of the written word”
independent, Books Of The Month
“A Pynchonesque, footnote-and theory-heavy mystery novel that’s as postmodern as they come … A smart, teasing and (above all) lovable mystery tale … Superb”
Steven Hall is the author of The Raw Shark Texts and was lead writer on the bestselling video game Battlefield 1, for which he received a Writer’s Guild nomination. His 2007 debut novel, The Raw Shark Texts, won the Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. It was an international bestseller and has been translated into over thirty languages. In 2013, Hall was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Maxwell’s Demon is his second novel.
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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 chaotic and untidy world. Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall is out now.