Thursday, November 6, 2014

Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You - Fifty Mice; Daniel Pyne

Here's my "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick for today.  What do you think about this novel -- would you try it?

Fifty Mice; Daniel Pyne
Blue Rider Press - December 2014

What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will? And doesn’t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life?

 Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he’s abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime—or criminal—is he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay has no clue.

 Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island—which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locate—or invent—a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life.

 Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way.


  1. Cody saw the title and thought it was about 50 catnip mice ;)

  2. "Hitchcockian thriller" sealed it for me.

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    1. I read a quick review somewhere and it caught my interest -- sounds like a good one for chilly weather.

  4. This one does sound terrific! I hope you enjoy it, Diane. I hadn't heard of it before. :)

  5. This one has not been widely publicized for some reason.

  6. I have added this one to my list. It reminds me a little of the TV show The Prisoner which I enjoyed watching as a child


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