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Bordering on techno-thriller territory, this slick, suspenseful debut imagines a new breed of "smart drug" that produces some deadly side effects. After complaining about life in desperate times to his drug dealer/ex-brother-in-law Vernon, divorced Manhattan copywriter Eddie Spinola is tempted by the glittering promise of MDT-48, an illegal, nearly unknown designer medication guaranteed to spike intelligence and personality in mere minutes. It really works, but Eddie's initial rush is so mind-blowing that even discovering Vernon's murdered body (and a hidden stash of cash and pills) barely interrupts his growing addiction. He chooses to ignore the mounting side effects of MDT-48: piercing headaches, intense bouts of rage and "trip-switching," a phenomenon in which time moves with a stop-motion quality. Day trading on the stock market like a seasoned professional, Eddie soon becomes an immensely wealthy junkie armed with awe-inspiring artistic and financial brainpower. But when he's implicated in the brutal murder of a high-profile artist's wife and also linked to pharmaceutical espionage, his perfect new world unravels and the shocking truth about MDT-48's origin and purpose is revealed. Glynn's sustained, rapid-fire pace hurls readers headfirst toward a gripping, if bleak, conclusion that makes for some breathless page-turning. Dublin-based Glynn, who lived in New York for four years, gets the frenzied pace of the city just right. And though Eddie's demise is foreshadowed from the opening paragraph, his likability as a protagonist serves the swift and thrilling narrative well. Fine secondary characters like shady Russian loan shark Gennady and Eddie's ex-wife Melissa appear in many scenes, but the reader remains riveted to Eddie's fate in this impeccably imagined and executed debut. (Jan.) Forecast: Young, hip readers who are open to experimentation will be the first audience for this credible and timely thriller. Word of mouth will do the rest.
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Eddie, a small time New Yorker who earns his living pounding out copy for illustrated manuals finds his life changes dramatically when a drug dealer introduces him to an amazing new designer drug that enables his resources of intelligence and drive function with amazing efficiency. When his dealer is murdered he escapes with a large stash and starts to make the kind of money about which he has only dreamed. However, there is a downside of blinding headaches, irrational behaviour - and worse is to follow in this high-voltage debut thriller. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
A great book about a Faustian bargain gone wrong. Movie "Limitless" was okay, too.Published 4 months ago by Kerry Koitzsch
Wonderfully gripping. The suspense sucked me into the book. I couldn't put this down: read it through on a Saturday. It's a shame what the movie changed about this book.Published 24 months ago by Erik M Black
I read this book over the last two days. I am a huge fan of the Limitless movie and I believe there's actually already a drug that exists that has some small percentage of the... Read morePublished 24 months ago by J. Quest
I bought this book after watching the film 'limitless', so I had a fair idea what was going to happen. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by iRead
This book has been reprinted under the title LIMITLESS so that it is more closely linked to the movie that it inspired. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by W. Andrew Terrill
The movie was good but completely misses the points the book tried to make. I would read the book because it is much better.Published on May 25, 2012 by Taimur Baig
Was this a first draft? It's hard when you see a brilliant concept executed poorly. And The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn is no exception. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by Brendan T. Kelly