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Hooked: A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions

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Publisher Comments:

Nat Idle, a San Francisco writer with a medical degree, narrowly survives an explosion in an Internet cafe after a stranger hands him a note warning him to exit immediately.

The handwriting on the note belongs to his deceased girlfriend, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist whom he has obsessively been mourning. So begins Hooked, a pop thriller for the Internet Age, written with the force of an adrenaline rush and the pace of an intimate email dispatch you can't stop reading. Each chapter of this novel will keep readers hooked as Nat Idle searches for the love of his life in the midst of manipulation and conspiracy.

Review:

"This oddly flat thriller from first-time novelist Richtel opens with a warning in a dead girlfriend's handwriting, followed by an explosion in a San Francisco cafe. Matt Idle, who barely escapes, is perplexed by the note: his girlfriend Anniefrom a very wealthy family involved in various opaque concernswas swept off her sailboat four years ago and never seen again. Matt tracks down survivors of the blast, including waitress Erin Coultra, whose actions make Matt suspicious; when the home of aspiring novelist Simon Anderson, another survivor, catches on fire, Matt's suspicions intensify. Matt's investigations take him to Strawberry Labs, Annie's family company possibly named after Annie's childhood Labrador retriever that may be doing drug-related business. Despite intentionally short chapters à la The Da Vinci Code, Richter (who writes the comic strip 'Rudy Park' under nom de plume Theron Heir) has trouble bringing Matt to life or tension to the plotin part because of Matt's first-person flashbacks to his relationship with Annie. Richtel's trying to do a brainy update of classic noir, but falls slightly short." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'This oddly flat thriller from first-time novelist Richtel opens with a warning in a dead girlfriend's handwriting, followed by an explosion in a San Francisco cafe. Matt Idle, who barely escapes, is perplexed by the note: his girlfriend Annie — from a very wealthy family involved in various opaque concerns — was swept off her sailboat four years ago and never seen again. Matt tracks down survivors of the blast, including waitress Erin Coultra, whose actions make Matt suspicious; when the home of aspiring novelist Simon Anderson, another survivor, catches on fire, Matt's suspicions intensify. Matt's investigations take him to Strawberry Labs, Annie's family company possibly named after Annie's childhood Labrador retriever that may be doing drug-related business. Despite intentionally short chapters la The Da Vinci Code, Richter (who writes the comic strip Rudy Park under nom de plume Theron Heir) has trouble bringing Matt to life or tension to the plot — in part because of Matt's first-person flashbacks to his relationship with Annie. Richtel's trying to do a brainy update of classic noir, but falls slightly short. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] thought-provoking, authoritative first novel." Bookreporter.com

Review:

"More a quirky, character-driven story than a thriller, the novel bogs down in the sheer obviousness of the tale and lack of legitimate plot twists." Library Journal

Review:

"[F]illed with knowing insights about San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the wired-wireless world....[M]any readers will happily suspend disbelief and simply enjoy the yarn." Booklist

Synopsis:

From New York Times reporter Richtel comes this psychological thriller for the Internet age, written with the force of an adrenaline rush and the pace of an intimate email dispatch.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780446580083
Subtitle:
A Thriller about Love and Other Addictions
Publisher:
Twelve
Author:
Richtel, Matt
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Bereavement
Publication Date:
June 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
9.25x6.47x1.22 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers

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Product details 292 pages Twelve - English 9780446580083 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This oddly flat thriller from first-time novelist Richtel opens with a warning in a dead girlfriend's handwriting, followed by an explosion in a San Francisco cafe. Matt Idle, who barely escapes, is perplexed by the note: his girlfriend Anniefrom a very wealthy family involved in various opaque concernswas swept off her sailboat four years ago and never seen again. Matt tracks down survivors of the blast, including waitress Erin Coultra, whose actions make Matt suspicious; when the home of aspiring novelist Simon Anderson, another survivor, catches on fire, Matt's suspicions intensify. Matt's investigations take him to Strawberry Labs, Annie's family company possibly named after Annie's childhood Labrador retriever that may be doing drug-related business. Despite intentionally short chapters à la The Da Vinci Code, Richter (who writes the comic strip 'Rudy Park' under nom de plume Theron Heir) has trouble bringing Matt to life or tension to the plotin part because of Matt's first-person flashbacks to his relationship with Annie. Richtel's trying to do a brainy update of classic noir, but falls slightly short." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'This oddly flat thriller from first-time novelist Richtel opens with a warning in a dead girlfriend's handwriting, followed by an explosion in a San Francisco cafe. Matt Idle, who barely escapes, is perplexed by the note: his girlfriend Annie — from a very wealthy family involved in various opaque concerns — was swept off her sailboat four years ago and never seen again. Matt tracks down survivors of the blast, including waitress Erin Coultra, whose actions make Matt suspicious; when the home of aspiring novelist Simon Anderson, another survivor, catches on fire, Matt's suspicions intensify. Matt's investigations take him to Strawberry Labs, Annie's family company possibly named after Annie's childhood Labrador retriever that may be doing drug-related business. Despite intentionally short chapters la The Da Vinci Code, Richter (who writes the comic strip Rudy Park under nom de plume Theron Heir) has trouble bringing Matt to life or tension to the plot — in part because of Matt's first-person flashbacks to his relationship with Annie. Richtel's trying to do a brainy update of classic noir, but falls slightly short. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] thought-provoking, authoritative first novel."
"Review" by , "More a quirky, character-driven story than a thriller, the novel bogs down in the sheer obviousness of the tale and lack of legitimate plot twists."
"Review" by , "[F]illed with knowing insights about San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the wired-wireless world....[M]any readers will happily suspend disbelief and simply enjoy the yarn."
"Synopsis" by , From New York Times reporter Richtel comes this psychological thriller for the Internet age, written with the force of an adrenaline rush and the pace of an intimate email dispatch.
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