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The Gone World
By (author): Tom Sweterlitsch
9780399167508 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic Feb 06, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.31 x 9.31 x 1.31 in 400 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
“I promise you have never read a story like this.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

Inception meets True Detective in this science fiction thriller of spellbinding tension and staggering scope that follows a special agent into a savage murder case with grave implications for the fate of mankind


Shannon Moss is part of a clandestine division within the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In western Pennsylvania, 1997, she is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family—and to locate his vanished teenage daughter. Though she can’t share the information with conventional law enforcement, Moss discovers that the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra—a ship assumed lost to the currents of Deep Time. Moss knows first-hand the mental trauma of time-travel and believes the SEAL’s experience with the future has triggered this violence.

Determined to find the missing girl and driven by a troubling connection from her own past, Moss travels ahead in time to explore possible versions of the future, seeking evidence to crack the present-day case. To her horror, the future reveals that it’s not only the fate of a family that hinges on her work, for what she witnesses rising over time’s horizon and hurtling toward the present is the Terminus: the terrifying and cataclysmic end of humanity itself.

Luminous and unsettling, The Gone World bristles with world-shattering ideas yet remains at its heart an intensely human story.

A SPECULATIVE EPIC: The Gone World is at once a full-throttle thriller, an inventive police procedural, a novel of ideas, and a character-driven drama. It will captivate a range of readers.

A PERFECT FIT FOR THE CURRENT MARKET: This will attract fans of recent bestsellers such as The City of Mirrors, Dark Matter, and The Martian, and films and shows such as Inception, True Detective, and Interstellar.

REGIONALLY CONNECTED AUTHOR: Sweterlitsch is tapped into Pittsburgh’s artistic and literary scene and will win local coverage.

SUPERIOR FOLLOW-UP TO AN ACCLAIMED DEBUT: Tomorrow and Tomorrow got rave reviews; The Gone World is more accessible and affecting.

MOVIE IN THE WORKS: Fox optioned the film rights, Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) is attached to direct, and the project is moving ahead swiftly.

Tom Sweterlitsch, author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow,has a master’s Degree in literary and cultural theory from Carnegie Mellon and worked for twelve years at the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter.

Author Residence: Pittsburgh, PA

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The Gone World has already created quite a stir…. The book probes questions about consciousness and crime that call to mind, among others, True Detective and 12 Monkeys.”—EW.com

“I simply loved The Gone World. Set against a murder investigation spanning multiple realties, this is big-idea fiction that defies genre in the best possible way. Epic and mind-bending in scope, it carries the reader through on beautifully rendered, human moments.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author

“A fascinating blend that doesn’t skimp on the criminal investigation or the [sci fi]…Describing much more than [the] simple setup would rob the reader of the trippy experience of navigating the time-travel intricacies of this nail-biting speculative thriller.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“At once futuristic, nightmarish and hard-boiled. Once again Tom Sweterlitsch takes readers to another world and back again. Take the trip.”—Stewart O’Nan

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