Synopses & Reviews
A pivotal election in the year 2004 will determine more than the next president of the United States. Violent crime continues to be the number one political issue in America--and overwhelmingly, citizens give their support to a controversial new anticrime bill that guarantees capital punishment...at the cost of individual rights and due process.
But one of the most influential businessmen in the world has a remarkable dream--and the ability to make it reality: a machine that can detect lies with one hundred percent accuracy. While such a device would leave no doubt about guilt in death-row cases, it also has broad implications for a world that is on a collision course with self-destruction.
When the Truth Machine does indeed become a reality, it changes the face of the world. And as its use spreads from courtroom to politics to diplomacy, business, science, education, and finally into every home throughout the world, it reshapes the very nature of humanity. But ultimately, the fate of the earth rests with mankind. Are we up to the challenge?
By turns optimistic and chilling--and always profound--THE TRUTH MACHINE is nothing less than a history of the future, a spellbinding chronicle of developments in technology and evolutions in social conscience that resonate with insight, wisdom...and astounding possibility.
Prepare to have your conception of truth rocked to its very foundation.
It is the year 2004. Violent crime is the number one political issue in America. Now, the Swift and Sure Anti-Crime Bill guarantees a previously convicted violent criminal one fair trial, one quick appeal, then immediate execution. To prevent abuse of the law, a machine must be built that detects lies with 100 percent accuracy.
Once perfected, the Truth Machine will change the face of the world. Yet the race to finish the Truth Machine forces one man to commit a shocking act of treachery, burdening him with a dark secret that collides with everything he believes in. Now he must conceal the truth from his own creation . . . or face his execution.
By turns optimistic and chilling--and always profound--The Truth Machine is nothing less than a history of the future, a spellbinding chronicle that resonates with insight, wisdom . . . and astounding possibility.
About the Author
Like his protagonist, James L. Halperin was born and raised in Massachusetts, attended Harvard, and eventually settled in Dallas, Texas. There the similarities end. He now directs the world's largest rare coin company. This is his first novel; he is already hard at work on his next.