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Nerve Damage

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Nerve Damage

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Peter Abrahams
publisher:
William Morrow
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it an A-

From the reliably marvelous Peter Abrahams comes Nerve Damage, another top-drawer psychological thriller. Renowned sculptor Roy Valois lost his wife, Delia, 15 years ago in a helicopter crash — or so he thinks. Now that his own health is failing, he hacks into The New York Times to read a draft of his obit and discovers an error — or so he thinks. Did Delia work for a think tank, as she had always told him, or the U.N.? The trivial question morphs into a deadly mystery, and Roy begins a race-against-the-clock quest for a solution. Abrahams has employed a mortally ill hero before, in 2005’s awesome Oblivion; that recycled premise is the only piece of this novel that doesn’t sparkle. A-