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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060832835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060832834
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,165,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Marvelous...classically suspenseful and completely fresh. Grade: A.” (Entertainment Weekly, praise for Oblivion)

“Unforgetable...OBLIVION is composed in spare yet often poetic prose...a new thriller from an unheralded master of suspense.” (The New Yorker, praise for Oblivion)

“A spare, ironic, and pulse-pounding tale that I couldn’t stop reading.” (Joseph Finder, author of Paranoia)

“[D]ynamite... there is no one writing today who does it any better. A+.” (Michael Palmer, bestselling author of The Society, praise for Oblivion)

About the Author

Peter Abrahams is the author of many thrillers including Their Wildest Dreams and A Perfect Crime, as well as the Echo Falls mystery series for young adults. He lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts with his wife and children. Visit www.peterabrahams.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter Abrahams - "criminally gifted" according to the New York Times Book Review - is the author of 27 novels. These include the New York Times bestselling Echo Falls mystery series for middle-graders (DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, BEHIND THE CURTAIN, INTO THE DARK) and REALITY CHECK (2009) for teens. Among his adult books are OBLIVION (Shamus prize finalist), THE FAN (made into a movie with Robert DeNiro) and LIGHTS OUT (Edgar award finalist). DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE was a finalist for the Edgar best young adult mystery award and won the Agatha in the same category. BEHIND THE CURTAIN and INTO THE DARK were Agatha finalists. In her Cleveland Plain Dealer review of NERVE DAMAGE (2007), Michelle Ross wrote: "I swear, if one more literary person says in that oh-so-condescendng tone, 'Oh, I don't read ... mysteries,' I'm going to take a novel by Peter Abrahams and smack him on his smug little head." REALITY CHECK won the best young adult mystery Edgar award in 2010. ROBBIE FORESTER AND THE OUTLAWS OF SHERWOOD STREET, January 2012, is first in a new middle-grade series about a twelve-year-old Robin Hood in contemporary Brooklyn.
As Spencer Quinn, Abrahams also writes the New York Times bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series: DOG ON it, THEREBY HANGS A TAIL, TO FETCH A THIEF, and THE DOG WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. He has a website - peterabrahams.com; and so does Chet - chetthedog.com.

Customer Reviews

When I first picked up this book, I never expected to finish it in one day!
doctor_beth
I was getting annoyed that nothing seemed to be happening....started thinking 'am I missing something?"
Barbara Cappucci
It almost seemed rushed to me, and there is too much coincidence and "luck" for my taste.
sb-lynn

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By I. Martinez-Ybor VINE VOICE on June 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started to read this novel at a normal pace not noticing that, surreptitiously, it was becoming for me a "page-turner."

The structure is not as complex as some make it out to be: it's a missing person's case that turns into a murder mystery and ends as an action thriller, all of it overlayed by the conceit of having the main character develop amnesia (for credible reasons) well into the initial, missing person's phase of the tale. The story would have been there without the protagonist's malady; the malady adds spice to the read.

Mr. Abrahams handles the narrative with lucidity and aplomb. Contrivances of the genre are never heavy handed, even an almost obvious "red herring" causes anxiety though one would feel awfully cheated were it to be true and therefore one knows it could not possibly be... Mr. Abrahams demands that readers remember; his is not the short-chapter, cliff-hanger, serial-style writing of the "da Vinci Code" but rather a well-crafted, cannily developed novel where most characters and relationships are fleshed-out and reveal themselves as the plot advances and the protagonist recovers memories. Only towards the end, when the murder-mystery turns into action-thriller does the story perilously come close to getting "hokey." Somehow it survives.

The writing is always mature, intelligent and engaging.

This is an amusing read; I enjoyed it very much. I recommend it particularly if you can give it good chunks of time, such as by a lake, on a long plane ride, or at the beach. Summer is here.

To answer somebody's query: my star ratings are based on comparisons within the same genre(more or less) and mean nothing about my estimation of a book such as Mr. Abraham's as compared to say, Mann's "Magic Mountain" or Weinberg's "A World at Arms." All three are very fine writers in widely different spheres, the spheres themselves susceptible to different estimation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Gaydos on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love Peter Abrahams books. His clear, concise writing is a joy to read and his characters are always fascinating.

"Oblivion" starts off with a bang, and I rushed through Part One in record time. Even though Petrov seems to have the easiest job of any detective out there ---- clues fall into his lap faster than candy at a parade --- his creepily flawed character keeps you engaged.

Once he develops brain cancer and a crippling case of amnemia that erases everything he accomplished in the first section of the book, he becomes a "nice guy" --- and this is not a good choice. The middle (the largest part) of the book is a redundant slog, with the detective accumulating all the evidence once more and struggling to put it together. Of course, we're ahead of him half the time, and this makes for a tedious read.

The last section of the book, though clever, is something that's been telegraphed much too vividly earlier and we're never really surprised. And the showdown is about as realistic as the end of a Mannix episode.

All this aside, Oblivion is an extremely well-written crime novel. But to call it a thriller is a stretch. What it lacks is a more ambiguous tone and plot twists that don't scream GOOD or EVIL at you from miles away.

PS: To echo another reviewer, this is a truly handsome, visually pleasing book to read. Clever chapter titles type face, lead-off letters, and such.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I first picked up this book, I never expected to finish it in one day! Main character Nick Petrov is a famous private detective, and I found myself quickly drawn into Nick's newest case and then the mysterious events of his own life which follow. Using a technique reminiscent of the movie Memento, author Abrahams introduces memory loss into the plot and then has Nick work backwards to reconstruct the events of his life that he has forgotten. I especially liked how the author clues the reader into part of the mystery while Nick remains in the dark; as the story progresses, however, Nick and the reader piece together the remainder of the puzzle together. In sum, this book's unique premise kept me thoroughly interested and engaged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Before you tackle "Oblivion," by Peter Abrahams, you might want to take Dramamine for motion sickness. Abrahams shifts time, place, and reality so many times that you may lose your bearings while trying to keep the plot straight. "Oblivion" is exciting and challenging at times, but it is also frustrating and exasperating.

Nick Petrov is a hotshot private eye and former cop who is famous for catching a serial killer named Gerald Reasoner. Nick's fame spreads even more when a movie-of-the-week is made about the Reasoner case, with Armand Assante playing Nick. One day, a thirtyish woman named Liza Rummel approaches Nick, asking him to help her find her missing fifteen-year-old daughter, Amanda. He agrees to take the case, but while he is investigating the matter, he begins to suffer from severe and troubling neurological symptoms.

Suddenly, Nick finds himself flat on his back in a hospital bed, and he is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. He loses part of his memory, and his investigation of Amanda's disappearance is placed on the back burner. When Nick finally gets out of the hospital, he tries to piece his life back together bit by bit. Not only does Nick have trouble recalling the simplest things about his past, but he also must make vital medical decisions that will affect his future. After leaving the hospital, Nick tries continues working on the Amanda investigation, but he has almost no memory of what he has accomplished so far. He attempts to retrace his steps and piece together the bits of information that will help him solve the case.

"Oblivion" is a clever and maddening book with some passages of delicious black humor. It is very confusing and requires an enormous suspension of disbelief.
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