The Zero

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jess Walter
Narrator: Christopher Graybill
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: ReganBooks
Published In: September 2006
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

"The Zero" is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.

From its opening scene— when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head— novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian mayor, and peopled by gawking celebrities, anguished policemen, and real estate divas hyping the spoils of tragedy. Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror cell— or send him circling back to himself— is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.

Reviews (2)

Tries too hard

Written by Trax on December 18th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

It is obvious that the author is trying very hard to write a clever and funny novel. However it just does not work. The story is terribly disjointed and the humor is trite bordering on stupid. This book does not even belong in the same building as the works of Kafka and Heller. I wish a memory gap had prevented me from putting this book on my reading list.

The Zero

Written by Crystal on July 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I found no comedy dark or otherwise in this book. It is just a long long dialog of unrelated stories. You are left frustrated that the bits of story are never tied together, never solved. I would not recommend this to anyone!!!!

Author Details

Author Details

Walter, Jess

Jess Walter is the author of "The Zero", a finalist for the National Book Award; "Citizen Vince", a winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel; "Land of the Blind"; and "Over Tumbled Graves", a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year. Also the author of the nonfiction book "Ruby Ridge", Walter lives in Spokane, Washington, with his family.