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Dark Matter

A book by Garfield Reeves-Stevens

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Quantum physics but continuous horror!

  • Dec 8, 2010
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The question was never "Whodunit?". It was always "Why?".

"Dark Matter" opens at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm with a shockingly gruesome description of a killer dissecting the brain of a young girl while she is still alive, gaily chatting away with his victim as if nothing at all were happening and providing a macabre running commentary on the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox or what we now call quantum entanglement. A bizarre opening to a bizarre novel that treads along the edges of a five-sided polygon bounded by sci-fi, mystery, thriller, fantasy and horror without ever clearly falling into one specific genre!

As the body count begins to climb all over the world, the canny black police detective Kate Duvall investigates and finds herself drawn into the protective web woven around Anthony Cross, the brilliant physicist who we now know is the killer! Charis Neale, Cross's lover and scientific assistant, an American consortium with a seemingly endless source of research funding, two other Nobel Prize winning physicists, and the requisite police corruption and shadowy government involvement all conspire to protect Cross from discovery and allow him to edge closer to the elusive Theory of Everything and the answers to the beginning of the universe.

While the entire novel never really strays too far from its roots in the thriller/horror genre, the ending is much more in the realm of distant left field speculative sci-fi and, believe it or not, could actually be said to be a "happy" ending! With the single overwhelming caveat that at least a middling knowledge of quantum physics and cosmology is assumed (without which much of the story and the ending would be completely meaningless), the horror definitely gets full points and the novel challenges the willing reader's mind!

Not bad at all.

Paul Weiss

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December 09, 2010
Good review, but a bit too bizarre for my tastes!
 
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A bizarre novel that treads along the edges of a five-sided polygon bounded by sci-fi, mystery, thriller, fantasy and horror without ever clearly falling into one specific genre!
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While it is difficult to categorize this wide-ranging novel in relation to the author's previous Nightcaps , few readers will be able to put it down. It opens as a gruesomely explicit tale of contemporary horror, with a serial killer cleaving the skull and dissecting the brain of a young girl while she is still alive. This event occurs in Stockholm, where a brillant young quantum physicist has just received a Nobel Prize and, against the wishes of his beautiful assistant and lover, signed a contract with a mysterious American group to pursue his research in Los Angeles. Four years later, in 1995 Los Angeles, a similar murder brings black police detective Kate Duvall onto the scene, and the story becomes a standard thriller, containing the stock elements of police corruption and shadowy government agents, and focusing on the detective's growing involvement. The action scenes are leavened with complex discussions of quantum physics and the nature of reality, building toward a science fiction-like ending. The bad guys introduce some jolting deus ex machina turns, and there is one too many "final" encounter between the opposing forces, but this novel could nonetheless catapult Reeves-Stevens to the top ranks of thriller/horror writers.
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ISBN-10: 0553292587
ISBN-13: 978-0553292589
Author: Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Publisher: Bantam

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