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The Ghost Network: A Novel
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Has the world’s hottest pop star been kidnapped, joined a secret sect, or simply gone into hiding? The answer lies in the abandoned subway stations of Chicago . . .
 
One minute insanely famous pop singer Molly Metropolis is on her way to a major performance in Chicago, and the next, she’s gone.
 
A journalist who’s been covering Molly joins the singer's personal assistant in an increasingly desperate search to find her, guided by a journal left behind in her hotel room, and possible clues hidden in her songs—all of which seem to point to an abandoned line in the Chicago subway system.
 
It leads them to a map of half-completed train lines underneath Chicago, which in turn leads them to the secret, subterranean headquarters of an obscure intellectual sect—and the realization that they’ve gone too far to turn back. And if a superstar can disappear without a trace . . . what can happen to these young women?
 
Suspenseful and wildly original, The Ghost Network is a novel about larger-than-life fantasies—of love, sex, pop music, amateur detective work, and personal reinvention. Debut novelist Catie Disabato bursts on the scene with an ingeniously plotted, witty, haunting mystery.
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One minute insanely famous pop singer Molly Metropolis is on her way to a major performance in Chicago, and the next, she’s gone.
 
A journalist who’s been covering Molly joins the singer's personal assistant in an increasingly desperate search to find her, guided by a journal left behind in her hotel room, and possible clues hidden in her songs—all of which seem to point to an abandoned line in the Chicago subway system.
 
It leads them to a map of half-completed train lines underneath Chicago, which in turn leads them to the secret, subterranean headquarters of an obscure intellectual sect—and the realization that they’ve gone too far to turn back. And if a superstar can disappear without a trace . . . what can happen to these...
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One minute insanely famous pop singer Molly Metropolis is on her way to a major performance in Chicago, and the next, she’s gone.
 
A journalist who’s been covering Molly joins the singer's personal assistant in an increasingly desperate search to find her, guided by a journal left behind in her hotel room, and possible clues hidden in her songs—all of which seem to point to an abandoned line in the Chicago subway system.
 
It leads them to a map of half-completed train lines underneath Chicago, which in turn leads them to the secret, subterranean headquarters of an obscure intellectual sect—and the realization that they’ve gone too far to turn back. And if a superstar can disappear without a trace . . . what can happen to these young women?
 
Suspenseful and wildly original, The Ghost Network is a novel about larger-than-life fantasies—of love, sex, pop music, amateur detective work, and personal reinvention. Debut novelist Catie Disabato bursts on the scene with an ingeniously plotted, witty, haunting mystery.
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      • premium: False
      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
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        "[An] engaging debut novel."

      • premium: False
      • source: Boston Globe, Summer Reading Picks
      • content: "A high-energy, pop meta-mystery."
      • premium: False
      • source: Los Angeles Magazine, 6 Books You Need to Read This May
      • content: "A debut novel that is as carefully structured as it is ambitiously inventive."
      • premium: False
      • source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
      • content: "Suspenseful, conspiratorial, digressive... This wildly inventive, remarkably assured debut is entirely Disabato's own."
      • premium: False
      • source: Brooklyn Magazine
      • content: "This novel toys with and ultimately subverts all the conventions of its genre, and is as smart and funny as it is compelling."
      • premium: False
      • source: Slate
      • content: "Excellent... Throughout the fanciful plot there's something so vividly current about Disabato's characters...that she is revealed to be a keen and trustworthy observer of the habits of the young."
      • premium: False
      • source: BuzzFeed, 17 Awesome New Books You Need To Read This Summer
      • content: "Ambitious and imaginative, The Ghost Network seamlessly blends pop culture and conspiracy theory and philosophy."
      • premium: False
      • source: Bustle
      • content: "Prepare to be amazed... The Ghost Network is an enthralling participatory experience, at once an erudite mystery and a complex investigation on the dark side of fame and fandom."
      • premium: False
      • source: Flavorwire, Staff Picks
      • content: "It's exciting to read a novel with so much ambition in its construction, but one that is simultaneously concerned with a topic like the relationship between a female pop star and her fans, elevating 'girl' culture to its rightful status as a matter for thoughtful literary inquiry."
      • premium: False
      • source: Rachael Berkey, Nerdist, All the Books You Need to Read This Summer
      • content: "I could not put it down... Totally fun and different."
      • premium: False
      • source: Oyster Review
      • content: "It works because it really commits to its faux true crime conceit. The Ghost Network is high concept but...unpretentious."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        Starred review from March 16, 2015
        Wrapped in the form of pseudohistorical, multilayered investigative journalism full of footnotes from a skewed world that resembles our own, columnist Disabato’s first novel is a paean to the modern urban landscape. In it she relishes questions about pop
        culture’s relationship to intellectual culture jamming, the persistence of the ephemeral under the gaze of the obsessed, and the secrets behind public personas and public transportation. Equal parts unfolding suspense and literary treasure hunt, Disabato’s document claims to be her completion of journalist Cyrus Archer’s abandoned investigation of the search for Molly Metropolis, a rising pop music diva who disappears suddenly in Chicago while on tour at the height of her popularity. Archer’s interviews reveal the story of music journalist Cait Taer, who seeks out Gina Nix, her old friend and Molly’s personal assistant, after Molly vanishes. Together they discover Molly’s secret notebook and solicit the aid of her Molly’s dangerous friend, Nick Berliner, in their search. Archer traces the mystery through journals, maps, and interviews—and underground into the B-sides of personality and art. The net effect is simultaneously breathlessly exhilarating and beautifully haunted.

      • premium: True
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        March 15, 2015
        A probing investigation into the disappearance of a rising pop star and the subsequent death of an obsessive fan goes awry in this thrilling debut novel.Journalist Cyrus Archer is in dogged pursuit of the connection among a 1960s anarchist political sect known as the Situationists, a map of a hypothetical transit system underneath Chicago named the Ghost Network, and the disappearances of singing sensation Molly Metropolis and her assistant's lover, Caitlyn Taer. For 15 months, armed with a collage of newspaper articles, interviews, computer files, and journals, Archer attempts to reconstruct the months preceding Molly's and Taer's mysterious fates. He makes several interesting discoveries, but it's hard to tell what he thinks: is he surprised? Is he fascinated or horrified? His voice feels monotonous for someone who's trying to solve a mystery. Then he suddenly disappears himself, leaving his unfinished manuscript to "Catie Disabato," his former writing student, who cleverly inserts herself into the text to verify his research, add her own footnotes, and, though she's conflicted about it, finish his book: "I had begun to face the reality that putting my name on this book would be the end of something for me....What is my role in the narrative supposed to be?" Disabato's engaging, robust voice, though scarce, revives the tale. Ultimately, the novel, with its intricate structure and agile pacing, adds up to a layered, well-executed story within an inventive story. Artistic ambition, cultural critique, and a revolutionary philosophy drive the mysteries underlying this complex, charismatic novel.

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        April 1, 2015

        In search of a missing pop star, two young women--the singer's personal assistant and a journalist--use journals and songs to determine what happened and manage to fall in love along the way.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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