From Nicholson Baker, best-selling author ofVoxand the most original writer of his generation, his most audacious novel yet. Meet Jay. Meet Ben. Jay has summoned his old friend Ben to a hotel room not far from the nation's capitol. During the course of an afternoon, they will share a delicious lunch and will crack open a bottle of wine from the hotel minibar. They will chat about everything from Ben's new camera to Iraq to the unfortunate fate of a particular free-range chicken. And Jay will explain to Ben exactly why and how he is planning to commit a murder that will change the course of history.