by Dan Simmons
Quercus Publishing Plc Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857381248
Date: 07 July 2011 List Price £20.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Dan Simmons is one of my favourite authors. Honestly, I think I would read anything he wrote... even his shopping lists! Like few others in the industry, Simmons is a truly protean talent, able, it seems to write amazing novels in any style and any fictional genre. Highlights of his backlist include classic horror in Song of Kali (reviewed here), seminal Science Fiction in the Hyperion Cantos, hard-nosed noir in Hard Case, incredible adventure and tragedy in The Terror (which I reviewed here and to this day revere as one of the best books I have ever read), classical allusion in Illium and Olympus and alternative Dickensian melodrama in Drood. And one still suspects he's only getting started!
His latest, Flashback (now published in hard cover by Quercus) is a fast moving, near-future thriller...
"America, 2036: a wasteland in economic ruin. Terrorism and ultra-violence plague a once powerful society, whose only escape is to numb itself on flashback - a euphoric yet cripplingly addictive drug that allows its users to re-visit their happier, past experiences.
Ex-cop Nick Bottom is about to receive a proposition. Flashback dependency has taken his badge, his reputation, and the love of his son. All he has left are the flash-induced memories of his beloved wife, Dara, taken from him in a tragic car accident. Now powerful magnate Hiroshi Nakamura needs Bottom's services, and, in particular, his memories.
As head of the original investigation into the murder of Nakamura's son - an unsolved and seemingly impossible mystery - Bottom's flashbacks now, six years later, hold the key to solving what was the toughest case of his career.
But as Nick delves deeper, the harder it becomes to trust those around him. And when he uncovers a connection to Dara's death, it is not only Hiroshi Nakamura who wants answers."