Synopses & Reviews
A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold.
Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth.
Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. Using the same secret techniques as her father before her, she's become an industry-leading expert in the sound of violence and horror, creating screams so bone-chilling, they may as well be real.
Soon Foster and Ives find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood's glamorous façade.
A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art, The Invention of Sound is Chuck Palahniuk at the peak of his literary powers — his most suspenseful, most daring, and most genre-defying work yet.
"The modern architect of
transgressive fiction returns with the tale of a sonic artist looking
for the perfect scream. Palahniuk dives deep into Hollywood noir with a
grotesque and outrageous stand-alone." Kirkus Reviews
"This dark, humorous tale
sparkles with the inventive details...and provocative insights on the
'commodification of pain' and what it means to turn 'people's basic
humanity into something that could be bought and sold.'" Publishers Weekly
abundance of creative ideas buoyed aloft by the vibrancy of the prose
signal a master storyteller energized by delight in his own
About the Author
Chuck Palahniuk has been a nationally bestselling author since his first novel, 1996's
Fight Club, was made into the acclaimed David Fincher film of the
same name. Palahniuk's work has sold millions of copies worldwide. He
lives outside Portland, Oregon.