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Carroll, Jerry Jay

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ISBN 10: 0441005292 / ISBN 13: 9780441005291
Published by Ace Trade, New York, 1998
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Publisher: Ace Trade, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Softcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Jerry Carroll's wonderful literary fantasy Top Dog introduced readers to a major new talent--and garnered stunning praise from Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Richard North Patterson, and Martin Cruz Smith. Now, he transcends the genre with a story as witty as Men in Black, as dark as Independence Day, and as original as any fiction being written today. Goodwin Armstrong is an ex-cop turned private eye. He's seen misery, pain, and paranoia before--and that was just during his divorce. But things in San Francisco are getting strange and dangerous, and he's running out of explanations. It starts with the sleazeball hotel where he's staying--it burns down in a flash of electric blue light. Security and traffic cameras pan to follow him. Someone seems to know his every move. But why? His newest client is a psychic who feels in her very soul that something bad, something inhuman, is about to happen. And the gun in his pocket and the brain in his head won't be enough to fight it.


Jerry Jay Carroll's second novel, Inhuman Beings, is a cynical, hilarious blend of Raymond Chandler and Philip K. Dick. Former cop Goodwin Armstrong finds his detective agency getting mysteriously muscled out of business, and his only lead is a wacky dame who calls herself Princess Dulay. The princess has detected psychic vibrations indicating that aliens--in a ship the size of a bowling ball--have invaded Earth. It's no joke to Armstrong, as first his fleabag hotel mysteriously explodes, and then his contacts begin to disappear--or worse, start acting very unlike themselves. He can't trust anyone, or anything, as elevators plummet, security cameras swivel to watch his movements, and kamikaze seagulls plunge through skylights to attack him. Carroll's dialogue is witty, his hero engaging, and his story swift-paced. Altogether, Inhuman Beings is a satisfying science fiction adventure that proves to be just as entertaining as Carroll's first novel, the lighthearted fantasy Top Dog. --Blaise Selby

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