cover image Interference


Brad Parks. Thomas & Mercer, $24.95 (400p) ISBN 978-1-5420-2339-9

At the start of this intelligent, fast-paced thriller from Shamus Award winner Parks (Say Nothing), Dartmouth librarian Brigid Bronik learns one morning that her physics professor husband, Matt, who specializes in quantum mechanics, has had a seizure. At the hospital, the doctors are unable to determine what’s wrong with Matt, and he’s soon back at work in his lab, where he has been conducting some groundbreaking experiments. Matt’s work has attracted the attention of Sean Plottner, a bored entrepreneur, who’s excited to think Matt is on to something big, something that would make Plottner part of the “story of humanity itself.” During another seizure, Matt disappears. Brigid joins the search for her husband, along with the police and Plottner, who’s not the only one with a nefarious agenda. The disappearance of one of Matt’s coworkers raises the ante. Readers will fully engage with the well-drawn characters as Parks convincingly reveals the science that buttresses the suspenseful plot. Michael Crichton fans won’t want to miss this one. Agent: Alice Martell. Martell Agency. (Sept.)