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DAYS OF ATONEMENT

Williams, Walter Jon.

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ISBN 10: 0312851189 / ISBN 13: 9780312851187
Published by Tor., NY:, 1991
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Days of Atonement. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 12181

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Title: DAYS OF ATONEMENT

Publisher: Tor., NY:

Publication Date: 1991

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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The town of Atocha, New Mexico, is having trouble coping with technology. It is a place where the old values of family loyalty still hold sway, and where the Chief of Police can solve any crime because he knows everyone's secrets. But Atocha is about to be brought into the 21st century.

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Williams's ( Angel Station ) flawed futuristic thriller is set at the beginning of the next century, during the "days of atonement" observed by the Church of the Apostles, a period of contemplation, each day devoted to one of the seven deadly sins. Loren Hawn, police chief of Atocha, N.M., is driven by overwhelming rage, religious fervor and the desire to "guard his marriage, his daughters, his community"; he styles himself "the sword and arm of the Lord." Then an experiment at the nearby Advanced Technology Laboratories leaves a body on Loren's doorstep--apparently that of a man who died 20 years ago. As Loren investigates the "John Doe"--is his appearance some sort of miracle?--he gradually comes to believe that he has been betrayed by all he cherished--his family, his town, his church. Ironically, he is right--ATL is involved in a crime--but Loren is over the edge. He is ultimately overtaken by rage and driven to a frenzy of murder and destruction. Although not completely successful in his portrayal of Loren's disintegrating personality, Williams does present a credible exploration of a near-future community.
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