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The Zero | [Jess Walter]

The Zero

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 or send him circling back to himself is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.

©2006 Jess Walter; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A deliriously mordant political satire." (Publishers Weekly)
"Walter builds the hellish aftermath from scratch, transforming that day...into a noir page-turner with powerful social commentary about the marketing of a tragedy and the endless ways in which some citizens have profited by it....Walter is an immensely talented writer." (Washington Post)

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    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 08-01-07
    Dawn Henrico, VA, United States 08-01-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Wow ..."

    This was not what I expected. Like many novels about 9/11 by familiar authors, this was largely a departure from the author's other work. The story is explained in the last 15 minutes; I'm just not sure I like the explanation. What this does have in common with other Jess Walter novels is his ability to give his audience pause. The reading by Christopher Graybill is spectacular. Listen til the very end and then decide.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    disudds SLC, UT 05-04-13
    disudds SLC, UT 05-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OK, I was confused"

    I admit it; I spent the first third of the book confused. I hadn't read any reviews prior to listening so I didn't know that Brian Remy, the main character, has memory gaps. I thought my audiobook was somehow skipping around and I couldn't figure out why!

    But once I realized what was going on, I just went along for the ride and found The Zero interesting and well written. The story continued to be somewhat confusing, but falling into a whatever-comes-next-I'll-just-go-with rhythm (sort of like Remy) I found a lot to enjoy and never once thought about not finishing. The comically flawed characters, especially Guterak (well, maybe he was more normal than Remy after all) and the insane situation where son Edgar is mourning the death of his (very much alive) father kept me chuckling at the absurd situations that seemed to come out of nowhere. On the other hand, the disjointed story (I don't care what it's a metaphor for or statement about!) and the unsatisfying ending prevent me from giving it more stars.

    I love Walter's writing style and would recommend the book for that alone, but if this had been my first Walter read, it might have been my last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise United States 09-24-13
    Denise United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    If you could sum up The Zero in three words, what would they be?

    Very descriptive book.great job keeping the reader guessing but very good describing the overall mood of the book


    If you’ve listened to books by Jess Walter before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good a book as beautiful ruins


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Graybill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed it overall

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 09-29-12
    Diane LOXAHATCHEE, FLORIDA, United States 09-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Diane

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    "I don't get it"

    I had just finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and was blown away. I immediately bought this because I was so impressed by the author's writing style. I really wanted to like this. It is well written, but it's just not for me. Didn't even finish listening. I will definitely try another Jess Walter book though.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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