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'A writer of great imagination' Sunday Telegraph

It's the middle of February and all over Auckland the lights are going out. Samuel Usher is a data- retrieval specialist: a broken man working on broken machines. Sam's drinking too much, taking too many drugs- trying to get by. Until he meets Candy and Jules, two drifting mathematicians, each after a Holy Grail- the one perfect theory that will make their worlds complete. After five years together, neither is getting any closer to their goal. As for Sam- he just wants Candy. And for a while, it looks as if he may have her. Then Jules is found in a coma, and Candy disappears. All Sam's left with is a strange list of numbers and three words: ANYWAY FREEDOM GOODBYE. Sam's pursuit of the truth will lead him into an underworld of chaos and turbulence, where numbers rule and love and friendship collide.

Reviews

An accomplished noir thriller. Taylor has a fine feel for detail, a strong sense of how to build tension and his prose is clear and uncluttered, with mesmeric undertones. Noteworthy contemporary fiction

Time Out

The hypnotic pull of Taylor's story lies in the zigzag dance of its forlorn characters casting a murky, uneasy sense of doom

Guardian

'An inventive and intelligent thriller'

GQ

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099445128

    March 1, 2004

    Vintage

    224 pages

    RRP $19.99

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