Hang Wire and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$12.33
Qty:1
  • List Price: $14.99
  • Save: $2.66 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Hang Wire Paperback – January 28, 2014


See all 8 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$12.33
$8.09 $2.98


Frequently Bought Together

Hang Wire + The Burning Dark
Price for both: $31.58

Buy the selected items together
  • The Burning Dark $19.25

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Bone Clocks" by David Mitchell.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (January 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857663178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857663177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* There’s a lot going in this genre-bender. Let’s start with the title, Hang Wire, which refers to a serial killer terrorizing San Francisco. Not to be confused with Highwire, the brilliant new circus performer who keeps disappearing from his place of work. There are some ancient gods in human form who are very concerned about making sure other ancient gods don’t find the mysterious Thing Beneath, and there’s the book’s nominal hero, Ted, who appears to be a regular guy who’s going through a seriously rough patch: he just can’t seem to get enough sleep, no matter how often or how long he closes his eyes. It’s only natural to approach a new novel by the author of Empire State (2011), Seven Wonders (2012), and The Age Atomic (2013) with wide-eyed enthusiasm and a childlike sense of eager anticipation, and Christopher fulfills our expectations and more: just when we think the story couldn’t get any weirder, he adds a whole new layer of weird, bouncing from one unexpected moment of goofiness to another, keeping us stuck to our chairs until we think it’ll take an industrial-strength solvent to pry us loose. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face. --David Pitt

Review

"Christopher fulfils our expectations and more: just when we think the story couldn’t get any weirder, he adds a whole new layer of weird, bouncing from one unexpected moment of goofiness to another, keeping us stuck to our chairs until we think it’ll take an industrial-strength solvent to pry us loose. Days after finishing the book, you’ll still have a grin on your face."
-Booklist (Starred Review)

"Adam Christopher's debut novel is a noir, Philip K Dick-ish science fiction superhero story... a novel of surreal resonances, things that are like other things, plot turns that hearken to other plot turns. It's often fascinating, as captivating as a kaleidoscope... just feel it in all its weird glory."
-Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother, on Empire State

"This is traditional heroism with a decidedly wicked and iconoclastic twist. Inventive, engaging, bewitching, and delightful, a feast as much for fans of the tropes as for the innocents amongst us."
-Greg Rucka, New York Times bestselling author of Alpha, The Punisher and Batman, on Seven Wonders

Customer Reviews

I didn't want to put the book down; I really wanted to see how everything came together.
FunIsReading
Christopher's strength is in his storytelling, which is always superior, and the manner in which he keeps all the plot lines woven together is masterful.
Benito R. Corral
Unfortunately, I found a book with a discombobulated world and plot that builds confusion rather than tension.
A. McNeil

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. McNeil on June 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I picked this up because it sounded like an urban fantasy serial killer mystery, which is just my speed. Unfortunately, I found a book with a discombobulated world and plot that builds confusion rather than tension.

If my summary above seems disjointed and confusing that’s because that’s precisely what this book is. Multiple different extremely odd plots are going on that ultimately do have some relation to each other, but the relation takes far too long to establish or understand. The book starts with a flashback to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and introduces us to Bob/Kanaloa. It then jumps forward to the completely dull Ted and the exploding fortune cookie. It then jumps backward in time again to an entirely different character, who is tied to the circus, eventually. It takes quite a while to find out what his relation is. These three disparate storylines that seems to have no relation to each other continue throughout the book. Bob/Kanaloa’s journey from immortal god to just immortal beach bum would be an interesting book. But his plot keeps getting abandoned for the other two plots, so all tension and interest is lost. Similarly, the evil circus organizer would be interesting, but only if his plot was handled with more detail and finesse. As it is, what he is doing and why he is evil is just confusing, not interesting. Ted’s plot would not be interesting, even on its own with more detail, because Ted is a two-dimensional, boring character.

Beyond the three disjointed, confusing plots, nothing in this story is ever fully fleshed-out. There’s the vague idea that immortals were once on Earth and involved but now have left, but the details of the hows, whys, and how this has affected Bob/Kanaloa is left out.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FunIsReading on February 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book follows several different characters whose lives intersect. Ted just had his birthday and had some sort of accident at his party. He is having trouble with his sleep. Joel is on a mission to follow the light. Bob has retired to the beach and is a regular tourist attraction, because he likes to ballroom dance with tourists. Finally, there are the Hang Wire killer who is stalking the streets of the city and an acrobat from the circus who is chasing the killer. There is something sleeping under San Francisco, and what Ted, Joel, Bob, the killer, and the would-be hero do will either cause it to wake or stay under the streets.

I finished this book on Friday, and I have been struggling with what to say in this review. Let's first review what I disliked the about the book. I found that there were two big problems with this book. (1) The world building rules were not defined. There are gods in this book from different cultures, but there is no explanation why these gods are in San Fransisco or if there are other gods roaming about the city or the world. I was also confused why the gods mentioned in this book are in this book. They didn't seem related to San Francisco or have another connection to this story. (2) There were a lot of POV characters in this book, and the chapters were short. I had a hard time caring about the characters and remembering who was who, because the chapters ended and moved to a new POV character before I got interested in them. About one-third of the way through the book, I started to get into the groove, but I was definitely feeling a bit frustrated by this point.

Although I had some problems with the world building and revolving cast of characters, the writing kept me hooked.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RJ Blain on February 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I love when I find an intricately complex book that manages to blend fantasy, drama, thrills, mystery, and action without becoming overtly confusing. While I wouldn’t classify Hang Wire by Adam Christopher as an easy read, I really enjoyed this book. It has the elements I love in a mystery-styled novel, all while having the excitement of a proper thriller. Add in the fantasy elements, and this one was a winner for me.

Before I move on to what I liked (and ultimately didn’t like) about this book, I want to expand on one of my comments in the introductory paragraph. This is not an easy read. If you go in expecting to be spoon fed every little detail, you’ll get frustrated with this book. If you tend to read books by skimming for the main points, you’re going to be flipping back and re-reading sections.

Take your time with this book. Read carefully. This will make sure you get the most out of this novel.

The TL;DR version: I like this book. It’s a great book for anyone wanting a good, creative, contemporary fantasy novel. This story has a bit of everything, including strong characters balanced with an equally-strong plot.

Hang Wire is the story of one man, Ted Hall, who starts sleepwalking. Unfortunately, his forays at night coincide with the murders of the infamous Hang Wire killer. It is also the story of immortals, of being seeking power, and of the existence of power. It’s a story of the past and the present. It’s a story that spans generations, encompassing far more than just the here and now.

That doesn’t tell you much, does it? This book is hard for me to describe in a short blurb because of its complexity. This is the fault of me as a reviewer — and one of the things I loved about this book.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?