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A Philosophical Investigationby Philip Kerr
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The year is 2013. The place is London. The death penalty has been replaced by the more economical alternative "punitive coma," a popular musical of the day is called "The Yorkshire Ripper," and serial killings have reached epidemic proportions. The government has found that the best detectives are women. Of them, none is better than Inspector Isadora "Jake" Jacowicz, an iron-willed beauty with cadmium-green eyes. Serial killers know her skill. Fellow officers fear her contempt. Men cringe before her wrath. And only her therapist suspects the demons that drive her.
But now she must stop a killer code-named "Wittgenstein," whose intellectual brilliance matches his homicidal madness, and who trumps her with fresh corpses again and again in a macabre mind game. In a future world of "reality approximation," DNA detection, and social disintegration, the ultimate investigator and a chillingly rational murderer enter into a diabolical cat-and-mouse game. Now since A Clockwork Orange has there been such a deeply satisfying and intellectually stimulating novel of suspence.
"The brainiest thriller to come along in years...raising questions about knowledge, proof, and reality in unnervingly dramatic contexts." Kirkus Reviews
"One of the more imaginative thrillers in quite a while....Combines teleological speculations with nitty-gritty futuristic police work." Wall Street Journal
"Chilling...absorbing...part techno-thriller, part futuristic detective story, part diary of a serial killer." New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Philip Kerr is the author of nine widely acclaimed Bernie Gunter novels, most recently The Man Without Breath. Field Gray, the seventh in the series, was a finalist for the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel.
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