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Paradime: A Novel
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From Alan Glynn, the award-winning author of Limitless, comes a novel of a twenty-first-century identity crisis that will thrill you from page one.
Danny Lynch didn't sign up for this, but right now, it's all he's got. Three weeks ago, he was working at a chow hall in Afghanistan and—more or less—doing fine. Sure, this meant living in a war zone, but he was never in the line of fire and, frankly, the money was hard to resist. Then Danny saw something he shouldn't have, and now he's back in New York City, haunted by what sent him home and lucky to be employed at all, even if that means dicing carrots for ten hours a day in a stuffy Midtown restaurant. The job's one saving grace? A sight line from his prep station in the kitchen to a coveted corner table in the main room. For Danny, this is a window into the lives of some of Barcadero's flashy clientele—and one evening, he sees a man who looks exactly like him.
Teddy Trager is the visionary founder of the billion-dollar investment firm Paradime Capital. He has everything Danny never knew he wanted—cashmere suits, a sleek sports car . . . privilege, power—and the closer Danny looks at Trager the more fixated he becomes.

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From Alan Glynn, the award-winning author of Limitless, comes a novel of a twenty-first-century identity crisis that will thrill you from page one.
Danny Lynch didn't sign up for this, but right now, it's all he's got. Three weeks ago, he was working at a chow hall in Afghanistan and—more or less—doing fine. Sure, this meant living in a war zone, but he was never in the line of fire and, frankly, the money was hard to resist. Then Danny saw something he shouldn't have, and now he's back in New York City, haunted by what sent him home and lucky to be employed at all, even if that means dicing carrots for ten hours a day in a stuffy Midtown restaurant. The job's one saving grace? A sight line from his prep station in the kitchen to a coveted corner table in the main room. For Danny, this is a window into the lives of some of Barcadero's flashy clientele—and one evening, he sees a man who looks exactly like him.
Teddy Trager is the visionary founder of the billion-dollar investment firm Paradime Capital. He has everything Danny never knew he wanted—cashmere suits, a sleek sports car . . . privilege, power—and the closer Danny looks at Trager the more fixated he becomes.

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        "[Paradime] is a doppelganger tale of conspiracy and paranoia which starts in fourth gear, quickly revis up into fifth and thereafter roars along like an Exocet in agony...Suffice to say that it's his most inventive novel since [Limitless]--and arguably a more fascinating psychological-thriller-cum-tragedy."

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      • content: "Deliciously creepy...T
        he plot keeps moving with plenty of effective surprises, and the final chapters successfully navigate to an even darker tone."
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      • content: "Suspend your disbelief, and go along for a superfast, thoroughly enjoyable roller-coaster ride with Danny."
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      • source: Chris Pavone, author of The Expats and The Accident
      • content: "Hugely relevant [and] undeniably compelling."
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      • source: The Guardian (London)
      • content: "Scarily plausible...There are, as the publishers claim, echoes of John le Carré, 24, and James Ellroy here, but Glynn's talen is all his own."
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      • source: Los Angeles Review of Books
      • content: "[Glynn] has a knack for depicting a shifting reality, partly by introducing us to characters who are already at their mental and emotional limits...His heroes exist in contemporary free fall, bracing themselves against whatever surface is available...Remarkable."
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        Edgar-finalist Glynn (Limitless) updates The Prince and the Pauper in this breezy thriller set in the financial world. Danny Lynch, an Iraq and Afghanistan vet with mental-health problems, receives a letter that eventually leads to a job at an upscale Manhattan restaurant, where he spies his look-alike, Teddy Trager, a venture capitalist who runs Paradime Capital. Danny becomes obsessed with his doppelganger and quits his job, much to his girlfriend’s dismay. After Danny succeeds in impersonating Teddy at business meetings and in sexual dalliances with Teddy’s girlfriend, he boldly forges business documents. Then he meets Teddy face to face. When Teddy is killed, Danny is recruited to pose as Teddy to maintain Paradime’s business deals. But of course, Danny is just a puppet. By the time Danny realizes what he has lost and who is manipulating his new life and identity, readers will be several steps ahead of him. Only in the last two chapters does Glynn put an interesting spin on this familiar conceit. Agent: Antony Harwood, Antony Harwood Ltd.

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        June 1, 2016
        The plot twists can get a little confusing in the latest high-tech sci-fi thriller from Glynn (The Dark Fields, 2001, etc.). But at least readers will never be quite as confused as Danny Lynch, the story's unlucky not-quite hero.From the start, Danny is a mess: he's recently back from Afghanistan where he worked a low-level job in food services for the defense contractor Gideon Logistics. He's traumatized by his memories of witnessing a horrific act of violence for which Gideon officials were to blame; now their lawyers want to shut him up. But instead of making threats, they set him up with another, more desirable kitchen job in a high-end restaurant. The situation quickly turns strange when Danny notices that one of the restaurant's regular patrons looks exactly like him. He investigates online and finds that his double is Teddy Trager, a visionary investor and founder of Paradime Capital. Before long he's fully obsessed with Teddy--stalking him through New York, posing as him at public events, even managing to sleep with his girlfriend. Danny's own girlfriend, Kate, already mad at him for not having the courage to blow the whistle on Gideon, now fears he's losing his marbles. Until Danny and Teddy have their one face-to-face encounter, the story maintains a deliciously creepy atmosphere, with dark humor as Danny manages to sneak into Teddy's life. The plot keeps moving with plenty of effective surprises, and the final chapters successfully navigate to an even darker tone. So the not-quite-resolved ending seems perfectly appropriate, even if you have to read it over to make sense of it.

        COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        June 1, 2016
        Danny Lynch is floundering since his return from Afghanistan, where he worked for a private company feeding the troops. He gets fired after witnessing a deadly riot. Afraid to say anything, he meets with one of the corporate big shots, who assures him all is well as long as he keeps his mouth shut and who offers to help Danny find a job. Danny is grateful for the job as a prep cook in a fancy midtown Manhattan restaurant; his girlfriend is happy he found a job, and things seem to be looking up. Then, while looking out the kitchen window into the restaurant one afternoon, he sees a man who looks familiar. Very familiar. In fact, it is like looking in the mirror. Teddy Trager is the megasuccessful founder of Paradime Capital, and Danny becomes obsessed with his doppelganger. Eventually they meet, with devastating results, and then things really start spiraling out of control. Suspend your disbelief, and go along for a superfast, thoroughly enjoyable roller-coaster ride with Danny. Glynn wrote The Dark Fields (2001), which was adapted into the movie and television series Limitless.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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Teddy Trager is the visionary founder of the...

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