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Bordering on techno-thriller territory, this slick, suspenseful debut imagines a new breed of "smart drug" that produces some deadly side effects. After complaining about life in desperate times to his drug dealer/ex-brother-in-law Vernon, divorced Manhattan copywriter Eddie Spinola is tempted by the glittering promise of MDT-48, an illegal, nearly unknown designer medication guaranteed to spike intelligence and personality in mere minutes. It really works, but Eddie's initial rush is so mind-blowing that even discovering Vernon's murdered body (and a hidden stash of cash and pills) barely interrupts his growing addiction. He chooses to ignore the mounting side effects of MDT-48: piercing headaches, intense bouts of rage and "trip-switching," a phenomenon in which time moves with a stop-motion quality. Day trading on the stock market like a seasoned professional, Eddie soon becomes an immensely wealthy junkie armed with awe-inspiring artistic and financial brainpower. But when he's implicated in the brutal murder of a high-profile artist's wife and also linked to pharmaceutical espionage, his perfect new world unravels and the shocking truth about MDT-48's origin and purpose is revealed. Glynn's sustained, rapid-fire pace hurls readers headfirst toward a gripping, if bleak, conclusion that makes for some breathless page-turning. Dublin-based Glynn, who lived in New York for four years, gets the frenzied pace of the city just right. And though Eddie's demise is foreshadowed from the opening paragraph, his likability as a protagonist serves the swift and thrilling narrative well. Fine secondary characters like shady Russian loan shark Gennady and Eddie's ex-wife Melissa appear in many scenes, but the reader remains riveted to Eddie's fate in this impeccably imagined and executed debut. (Jan.) Forecast: Young, hip readers who are open to experimentation will be the first audience for this credible and timely thriller. Word of mouth will do the rest.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Eddie, a small time New Yorker who earns his living pounding out copy for illustrated manuals finds his life changes dramatically when a drug dealer introduces him to an amazing new designer drug that enables his resources of intelligence and drive function with amazing efficiency. When his dealer is murdered he escapes with a large stash and starts to make the kind of money about which he has only dreamed. However, there is a downside of blinding headaches, irrational behaviour - and worse is to follow in this high-voltage debut thriller. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
An engaging read. I loved the premise, but didn't necessarily buy into how the main character made use of his newly obtained abilities. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by owookiee
I guess I was just hoping for more. I have read just about every drug book out there...And they all exhibit a lasting impression on me as I ponder certain aspects of my own life. Read morePublished on March 14 2002
This book takes off like a shot and accelerates to the last page. I also had the previous reviewer's experience of being drawn into the furious, manic pace of the lead character. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2002 by pullrich