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Dare to Know

A Novel

James Kennedy



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07 June 2022
Our narrator is the most talented salesperson at Dare to Know, an enigmatic company that has developed the technology to predict anyone s death down to the second. Divorced, estranged from his sons, and broke, he s driven to violate the cardinal rule of the business by forecasting his own death day. The problem: his prediction says he died twenty-three minutes ago. The only person who can confirm its accuracy is Julia, the woman he loved and lost during his rise up the ranks of Dare to Know. As he travels across the country to see her, he s forced to confront his past, the choices he s made, and the terrifying truth about the company he works for. Wildly ambitious and highly immersive, this thought-provoking thriller explores the destructive power of knowledge and collapses the boundaries between reality, myth, and conspiracy as it races toward its shocking conclusion.
Imprint:   QUIRK BOOKS
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   369g
ISBN:   9781683693161
ISBN 10:   1683693167
Pages:   304
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

James Kennedy is the author of The Order of Odd-Fish and the founder and director of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Before becoming a writer, he was a software engineer with a degree in physics and philosophy, subjects he continues to explore in his writing. Dare to Know is his first adult novel.

Reviews for Dare to Know: A Novel

September 2021 Indie Next Pick A fascinating, compulsively readable thriller. -The Guardian Audaciously clever and well-written...a quite superb piece of storytelling: vivid, thought-provoking and unsettling. -SFX Magazine (5 stars) A creepy thriller that reads a little like Stephen King writing Glengarry Glen Ross. -GeekDad Imagine what would happen if Chuck Palahniuk, Enrico Fermi, and the Brothers Grimm got together to raise a child...Sci-fi, snark-horror and futuristic thriller fans will love it. -Terri Schlichenmeyer for The Guam Daily Post [An] enjoyable slipstream thriller....Readers with a taste for the synchronicity of the cosmic with the commonplace are sure to be entertained. -Publishers Weekly Dare To Know will prompt the reader to consider the philosophical implications of life and death itself. -Booklist [A] genre-bending thriller...good pacing and clever plotting keep the pages turning. -New York Journal of Books A razor-smart sci-fi corporate noir nightmare. Dare to Know is what happens when Willy Loman sees through the Matrix. A heartbreaking, time-bending, galactic mindbender delivered in the mordantly funny clip of a doomed antihero. -Daniel Kraus, co-author of The Shape of Water Philip K. Dick energy infusing Death of a Salesman emotional timbre....I loved it. -Kieron Gillen, author of The Wicked + The Divine and Once & Future Imagine Rod Serling hijacking Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross into The Twilight Zone, and you've got a glimmer of James Kennedy's doom-laden, genre-defying novel Dare to Know. A fresh and morbid twist...Kennedy spins a slow-burn nightmare in which something is clearly coming apart at the seams, but is it our self-cursed narrator or the whole of existence? -Stephen Segal, author of Geek Wisdom Time shifting from present to past, and possibly the future, Kennedy seamlessly integrates philosophy, first love, Beatles music, jaw-dropping science fiction and the four stages of civilization, and turns it all into a fast-paced, existential, mind-expanding thriller-a thoroughly enjoyable read. -Paul Dinh-McCrillis for Shelf Awareness Dare to Know is something of a mind-twister reminiscent of Philip K. Dick. -SF2 Concatenation

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