By Neil McMahon
Harper, Hardcover, 9780061340789, 304pp.
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Acclaimed mystery writer Neil McMahon, coauthor of the James Patterson thriller Toys, delivers a fast-paced psychological thriller from the heart of a city gone insane: America's myth-making capital, Los Angeles, has become a bedlam of murder, drugs, conspiracy, and obsession, and only one man has the power to put things right. Fans of science-tinged suspense from authors like Patrick Lee, William Gibson, and Greg Bear, will thrill for L.A. Mental's taught, high-stakes story of one man's accidental immersion in an underworld he never knew existed--one which will require every last reserve of his intelligence, ruthlessness, and cunning to escape.
“L.A. Mental caught my interest immediately and held it until the last page. A very cool concept beautifully executed.”
“McMahon’s stellar stand-alone offers a cunning technological twist worthy of the late Michael Crichton…. McMahon easily makes a science fiction concept plausible in a pulse-pounding read that doesn’t sacrifice intelligence for thrills.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Neil McMahon’s L.A. MENTAL is as much a mind game as it is thriller, a scientific puzzle buried in a murder mystery, all set against the surreal world of Hollywood filmmaking. Blurring genres and expectations, this is a book that challenges and thrills in equal parts.”
-James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of Altar of Eden
“[A] punchy, potent genre mash-up-part thriller, part mystery, a pinch of sci-fi-about a Los Angeles on the verge of a mental breakdown.”
-Jason Kehe, Los Angeles Magazine
“With L.A. Mental, Neil McMahon heads into the territory of William Gibson in a fast-moving, compelling tale that’s a blend of detective novel and might-just-be-possible science fiction, sure to leave readers hungry for more.”
-Michael Koryta, author of The Cypress House, a major thriller coming in Jan. 2011.
“Sure storytelling and elegant writing…. An intoxicating blend of psychology, mind control, physics and movies, leavened with the more familiar plot devices of money, sex and power.”
-Michael Moore, The Missoulian
“McMahon offers up a killer so cutting edge and secretly lethal that I’m sure that Homeland Security believes he got into their intelligence files. . . . Twist after turn of wonderfully crafted words.”
-Andrew Schneider, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner in investigative journalism