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"Steinman's novel combines engrossing sci-fi elements, riveting thrills and a fascinating study of the human mind. The main characters are complex and likable--even dark and twisted Eva. Without taking the reader out of the story's flow, flashbacks explore each character's past in detail and lay the groundwork for the plot's twists and turns. The result is an exceptional tale that's suspenseful, gritty and endearing. A terrific sci-fi thriller that grips the reader from beginning to end." --Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

If you enjoy interesting characters, you'll like Little Deadly Things. 

Readers who raved had that in common. That's the focus--people.

Little Deadly Things begins in the reading present and then moves back in time to examine the childhood of three main characters. The outer tale is a technothriller, high-tech sci-fi. The inner story is an exploration of how adults cope with the angry residue of a childhood time served under abusive or feckless parents.

Never read a sci-fi novel? You may be the biggest fan!
For many, this was their first science-fiction thriller, and they discovered that a good story in any genre is about people. In fact, the most ardent reviews were from folks that said, "I never read this genre, but I loved this book."

Whatever your taste, I hope you enjoy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Alloy Press (September 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193895260X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938952609
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,612,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Harry Steinman's life experience includes stints as a box boy in a toilet paper factory, security guard, hippie commune leader, recruiter in a toy factory, substitute math teacher, accountant, New Age religious community troublemaker, headhunter, and dog trainer--the textbook background of a novelist.

Today, Harry gets by while at work on All Dead Generations, the sequel to Little Deadly Things.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robin Lee TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 17, 2012
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This is my first time reading a SciFi/Technology novel. This novel was the most thrilling, fresh, original page turner I have read in a while. I am an avid reader and through the years, some of my favorite authors' stories can become repeticious. This novel peaked my interest due to my understanding of medicine, damaged childhoods and how they can mold your adult personality, and future nano-technology that exists today............

The story is told between yrs 2020 to 2045, it takes you through the lives of 3 close, compassionate, friends, Eva, Marta, and Jim. All 3 come from severely abusive childhoods, and meet in high school. You will see how each personalitly changes differently into adulthood, whether through better coping skills, therapy, or instinctive survival.............
Where do you draw the line in years of friendship, when one friend turns into a greedy, evil, monster............

Now, imagine highly, sophisticated, nano-technology that can be used to save or destroy the entire world, is now completely controlled by the wrong hands.......

The 3 main characters were well developed. The story, was excellent, realistic, suspenseful, and had exciting, action scenes. All technology was explained, and the chapters just flowed. The story continued to slowly build all the way with a shocking, but very emotional ending....

The author wrote this novel so well, I literally got lost in this future world...........

This is my favorite sci/fi book I ever read, and can't wait for part 2.......
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful By thunder road on November 26, 2012
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I do not give negative reviews lightly. A writer myself, I know what it takes to write a book. The process is long, tedious, and often lonely. But this books was, honestly, that bad.

This book got a lot of rave reviews, which led me to select it. The reviewers lauded the plotting, the use of nano tech, and character development as the book's strengths. So, imagine my shock when I began reading this book, cringing. And it never got better. As a veteran of hundreds of writer's group critique sessions, I get the feeling that this book was released many edits too soon.

To me, "Little Deadly Thing"'s biggest flaw is editing. Steinman has several tendencies that really get in the way of his story telling.

The most obvious flaw to me was overly-colorful language throwing up incredibly mixed metaphors. For instance, the first three paragraphs essentially describe the antagonist, the "shrunken wraith--girlish, ghoulish" Eva Rozen. The description grows into a cascade of metaphors. Rozen is a "tidal wave in human form," who trailed disturbance behind her "like a gunboats wake." And, immediately afterwards, another incongruous image: heels raising sparks where she walked, the air boiling around her.

So, in about 200 words, we have wraith, ghoul, tidal wave, gunboat, lightening (I think: spark-producer that causes air to boil?).

His attempts at character building also feel shallow to me. Good characters are given gratuitous flaws. And evil characters saving graces. But this is done sloppily.

For instance, Jim Ecco as a good-hearted, timid, abused suburban Californian adolescent.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shalamoosha on September 27, 2012
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Just finished Little Deadly Things. This page turner is a real thrill, a lesson in technology and perhaps a sneak peek into the future. Not just a sci fi thriller, this is also a morality tale, in which we see the psychological impact of cruelty and disappointment. The story was gripping, but what I most loved was learning about the nano technology, and getting a glimpse of what might lie in the near future. Steinman does a great job of describing what technology might be like in a way that feels totally plausible. It feels as if he time traveled forward thirty years and has written a novel describing all the gadgets that will soon be part of our everyday life. I can't wait for data slates, sleeves and pillars!

Steinman's writing is rich and evocative, and incredibly descriptive. Reading it was almost like watching the movie, which I hope will be in the not too distant future too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tbidder on November 20, 2012
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Got this little gem via Kindle deal, to read as an "airport book" and was pleasantly surprised. Not the Great American Novel, but it held my interest more than I expected. Somewhat reminds me of Mallory series (Carol O'Connell) in a small way.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sean Prophet on October 4, 2012
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I received an advance copy of Little Deadly Things (LDT) in preparation for interviewing Harry Steinman on my talk show at I was fascinated from the first page and it got better from there. My main point of interest for the show was in discussing nanotechnology. This is because it is one of the enabling technologies of the "Singularity." I'm a big fan of Ray Kurzweil, whose 2005 book "The Singularity is Near" makes the case for much of the technological development used as the backdrop for the story in LDT. As it turned out, LDT was more of a character-driven drama than sci-fi, though the authors' sci-fi chops are solid. Set from about 2020 to 2045, it's a plausible world just different enough from our own to keep from being ordinary. And in that world, the tortured main character Eva Rozen, who is Steve Jobs-like in her mastery and obsession with the technology, is empowered to do either great good or great evil. The story follows her descent into madness.

To me, one of the hallmarks of good sci-fi is when neologisms are introduced as exposition or part of a character's casual conversation. This technique brings the reader right into its world, by illustrating the profound experiential differences that would lead to the coining of new vernacular. We have our own, of course, that would stump people from the 1980s "Google" or "friend" as a verb, etc. Steinman came up with a few that did not seem stale or borrowed from other future worlds: "Datapillar," "datasleeve," "brightwalls," "commpatch," "SNAP," "link" (instead of "call"). Overall, however, it was a classic tale of good and evil, of human character and capacity for love, of loyalty and betrayal. And according to the author, this was all meant as a paean to good parenting.
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