by Thomas Mullen
Mulholland Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781444727654
Date: 28 September 2011 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Due next month from Mulholland (a new crime oriented imprint at Hodder), Thomas Mullen's The Revisionists is a tantalising example of how genre is opening up to a wider readership. As with his previous book The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, the conceit is that Mullen - like authors such as Jonathem Letham or Michael Chabon - isn't writing genre fiction at all. But of course, discerning readers like us, we know otherwise!
"The future will be perfect. No hate, no hunger, no war. Zed knows because he's seen it. He's from there. His mission is to ensure that history happens exactly as it's meant to. Even the terrible events. Even the one that's about to happen, the one that will destroy our civilisation for good.
In present-day Washington, Zed watches as people go about their daily lives. People like Leo, a disgraced former spy; Tasha, a lawyer grieving for a brother killed in action in Iraq; Sari, the downtrodden employee of a foreign diplomat. Unlike Zed, they have no idea what difference their choices will make.
The clock is ticking. But Zed has doubts. What are his superiors not telling him? What truths has he hidden from himself? And, as he becomes more entangled in the lives of those around him, will he be able to sacrifice their present for his future? "