Synopses & Reviews
J.G. Ballard, acclaimed author of Crash and Empire of the Sun, dallies again on the dark side of modern society so chillingly visualized in David Cronenberg's 1997 feature-film version of Crash. A terrible massacre has occurred on the grounds of an exclusive housing estate west of London: thirty-two adults have been murdered in the space of twenty minutes, and their thirteen children are nowhere to be found. The Pangbourne Massacre, as it is dubbed in the tabloid press, has the police baffled. Was it a terrorist strike? A government plot? And where are the children? Only the police psychiatrist Dr. Richard Greville has an inkling of the sinister truth. Under a remorseless regime of care and kindness, human beings may be driven to uncharted limits, and Ballard traces those limits in this cautionary tale.
The thirty-two adult members of an exclusive residential community in West London are brutally murdered, and their children are abducted, leaving no trace. Through the forensic diary of Dr. Richard Greville, Deputy Psychiatric Adviser to the London Metropolitan Police, the brutal details of the massacre that has baffled the entire police department unfold.
About the Author
J.G. Ballard is the author of numerous books, including Empire of the Sun, the underground classic Crash, and The Kindness of Women. He is revered as one of the most important writers of fiction to address the consequences of twentieth-century technology. His latest book is Super-Cannes. He lives in England.