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Personal Effects follows the extensive notes of therapist Zach Taylor's investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims' deaths. Zach's investigations start with interviews and art sessions, but then take him far from the hospital grounds — and often very far from the reality that we know.

The items among Grace's personal effects are the keys to understanding his haunted past, and finding the terrifying truth Grace hoped to keep buried:

• Call the phone numbers: you'll get a character's voicemail.

• Google the characters and institutions in the text: you'll find real websites.

• Examine the art and other printed artifacts included inside the cover: if you pay attention, you'll find more information than the characters themselves discover.

Personal Effects, the ultimate in voyeuristic storytelling, represents a revolutionary step forward in changing the way people interact with novels.

Review:

"Hutchins, author of the audiobook podcast trilogy 7th Son, makes his print debut with the stellar first of an interactive supernatural thriller series. Zach Taylor, an art therapist, must evaluate Martin Grace, a blind audio engineer suspected of a dozen homicides, to determine whether Martin is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of hip-hop singer Tanya Gold, whose body was 'torn literally limb from limb.' Martin claims he's an 'unwitting psychic sniper,' foreseeing crimes actually committed by a Russian demon or 'Dark Man.' One of his possible earlier victims was Martin's psychiatrist, Sophronia Poole, the girlfriend of Zack's dad, William V. Taylor, the New York City DA seeking to convict Martin. Weisman, an alternative reality game whiz, is responsible for the items inside the book's front pocket — a psychiatric report, family photos, death and birth certificates, etc. — that allow the reader to follow a multimedia trail of clues. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Cutting-edge experimental fiction meets dark fantasy in an interactive novel that may herald the future of modern fiction. Sure to appeal to those who like offbeat fiction or horror." Library Journal

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"Personal Effects is a rocking genre-mash that mixes mystery with psychodrama and serves it up in a high-bandwidth torrent of terror." Scott Sigler, author of Infected and the hit podcast novel Earthcore

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"Jordan Weisman is once again the vanguard of that new form of narrative — Transmedia Storytelling. The enigmatic tapestry of characters and events slowly slips off the page, taking the reader with it into a mosaic of facts and clues that compel us to know the truth behind the murders of the accused: Martin Grace. So compelling is the journey between these precisely crafted symbiotic worlds, the reader may scarcely recognize their own transformation from passive to active, as they pick up where the text subsides and become the protagonist." Gore Verbinski, director of the Pirates of the Caribbean films

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"Start with an eerie setting. Add equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files. Place yourself at the side of an accidental detective embroiled in a complex web of madness, revenge, betrayal, and secret identities. Then light some dynamite under the box most novels live in and watch the pieces land outside the pages — in art, on websites, in e-mails, and in phone numbers that give you answers when you call. This is the future of storytelling, and it's a thrilling ride." Anthony E. Zuiker, Creator/Executive Producer of the CSI: Franchise

Synopsis:

Personal Effects follows the extensive notes of therapist Zach Taylor's investigation into the life and madness of an accused serial killer, who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims' deaths.

About the Author

J. C. Hutchins created the podcast trilogy 7th Son, listened to by over 40,000 people with over a million total downloads. He lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

To market Steven Spielgberg's A.I., Jordan Weisman conceived of a murder mystery played out across websites and through email messages, faxes, and voicemail boxes. The game had over three million participants and spawned the "alternate reality game" craze. In 2006, Weisman created Cathy's Book, a novel accompanied by receipts, photos, and other clues leading to numbers and websites that took readers into a groundbreaking multimedia experience. Weisman lives in Bellevue, Washington.

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Twowire, June 26, 2009 (view all comments by Twowire)
AMAZING! That's what I consider JC Hutchins. I followed JC though the tremendous adventure of his 7th son series, a magnificent trilogy. Now his new novel Personal Effects: Dark Art has completely blown me away. To start, I have been unknowingly following one of the characters from JC's new novel on twitter for some time now. Then after reading the book, I find out that pixelvixen707 (Rachael Webster) is not real even a real person, but a character from his novel! I was completely oblivious to that fact, such genius! I have immensely enjoyed reading PE:DA. I found myself completely immersed in the life of Zach Taylor and his work at the "Brink". I've also had great fun on the Internet and on the cell phone following up on and chasing down answers to the clues held within the book and those contained in personal effects material that are included with the book. I can tell you this, once you've been pulled into the PE:DA world you'll be nervously looking over your shoulder, be startled and have your hair stand on end when hearing little eerie noises in the night, find yourself avoiding the shadows and sleeping with the lights on!

If you still questions after all these recommendations, check out the Vlurbs (video blurbs) at JC's Website. JC together with Michael Bekemeyer, they have created some rather creepy previews that movie studios wish they could have come up with. I mean, if the book makes the father of Jason Vorhees not want to go to sleep at night, how could PE:DA be something you'd not want to read!

Oh yes and thanks to JC, I AM AFRAID OF THE DARK!
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Lestew, June 21, 2009 (view all comments by Lestew)
Very good book! Very interesting TransMedia materials! It's a little slow going in the beginning but J.C. Hutchins weaves a story that sucks you into the Dark! The story alone would be worth reading but as you progress through the book there are REAL WORLD clues to the story surrounding the story that add to the story in a way that I've NEVER experienced. You should read this! And be sure to check out the Free prequel podcast Personal Effects: Sword of Blood also very good!
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Tangaroa2, June 19, 2009 (view all comments by Tangaroa2)
Great story and excellent "out-of-book" experience! This is much more than just a book. The author offers loads of additional content on his website (www.jchutchins.net) where he personally addresses and interacts with the readers. Personal Effects: Dark Art is one part story, one part interactive game, and one part community. Anyone who likes thriller, horror, or mystery novels will love Personal Effects: Dark Art. I am so glad I bought a copy and think that you will be too.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312383824
Subtitle:
Dark Art
Author:
J. C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman
Author:
Weisman, Jordan
Author:
Hutchins, J.C.
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Blind
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Serial murderers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Technological
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paper Over Board
Publication Date:
20090609
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hutchins, author of the audiobook podcast trilogy 7th Son, makes his print debut with the stellar first of an interactive supernatural thriller series. Zach Taylor, an art therapist, must evaluate Martin Grace, a blind audio engineer suspected of a dozen homicides, to determine whether Martin is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of hip-hop singer Tanya Gold, whose body was 'torn literally limb from limb.' Martin claims he's an 'unwitting psychic sniper,' foreseeing crimes actually committed by a Russian demon or 'Dark Man.' One of his possible earlier victims was Martin's psychiatrist, Sophronia Poole, the girlfriend of Zack's dad, William V. Taylor, the New York City DA seeking to convict Martin. Weisman, an alternative reality game whiz, is responsible for the items inside the book's front pocket — a psychiatric report, family photos, death and birth certificates, etc. — that allow the reader to follow a multimedia trail of clues. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Cutting-edge experimental fiction meets dark fantasy in an interactive novel that may herald the future of modern fiction. Sure to appeal to those who like offbeat fiction or horror."
"Review" by , "Personal Effects is a rocking genre-mash that mixes mystery with psychodrama and serves it up in a high-bandwidth torrent of terror."
"Review" by , "Jordan Weisman is once again the vanguard of that new form of narrative — Transmedia Storytelling. The enigmatic tapestry of characters and events slowly slips off the page, taking the reader with it into a mosaic of facts and clues that compel us to know the truth behind the murders of the accused: Martin Grace. So compelling is the journey between these precisely crafted symbiotic worlds, the reader may scarcely recognize their own transformation from passive to active, as they pick up where the text subsides and become the protagonist."
"Review" by , "Start with an eerie setting. Add equal parts House, CSI, and The X-Files. Place yourself at the side of an accidental detective embroiled in a complex web of madness, revenge, betrayal, and secret identities. Then light some dynamite under the box most novels live in and watch the pieces land outside the pages — in art, on websites, in e-mails, and in phone numbers that give you answers when you call. This is the future of storytelling, and it's a thrilling ride."
"Synopsis" by , Personal Effects follows the extensive notes of therapist Zach Taylor's investigation into the life and madness of an accused serial killer, who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims' deaths.
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