Fifty Mice

Fifty Mice

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will? And doesn't even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life? Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he's abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime-or criminal-is he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay has no clue. Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island-which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locate-or invent-a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life. Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
ISBN: 9780399171642
Branch Call Number: F Pyn
Alternative Title: 50 mice


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May 09, 2016

Really an original and thought-provoking novel - - writes like Thomas Pynchon wished he could write!
[Sidebar: I remember being surprised to learn that mass murderer, Vernon Townley, had been placed in WitSec, or the witness protection program - - incomprehensible that such a thing could happen! Makes a thinking person wonder and ponder just what has WitSect been used for in the past, and will be used for in the future????]

Apr 27, 2016

Ugh...I thought this went on and on and on..didn't care for it.

natasha321 Sep 10, 2015


lib_apart Sep 09, 2015

If Kafkaesque Gilligan's Island sounds intriguing to you, then this might be a good thriller to try.


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