In this book, the narrator is a sort of word detective, searching for meaning in a geography of literary noir. The book has a deep focus and meaning – both what is real and what is important to a life as fragile as ours in this earth. The detective moves from sleuthing force to a writer and this transformation is both physical and also creative. The interior life of the narrator is rich with observation and insight and it parallels the story and the movement of this characters’ journey. Jonah Kruvant has done a fine job here in setting up a book that works on many levels and that draws the reader into a form of genre fiction that is not what it at first seems to be.”
-Darcey Steinke, author of Jesus Saves and Up Through the Water, selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year
In a futuristic American society where all citizens have computerized chips in their brains and insert needles into their veins to enter a virtual reality, Victor Vale leads a fairly typical life. He is an officer of the law with greater ambitions, a family man, and a dutiful citizen of the Nation. Yet when The Chief assigns him a case to go undercover and expose a community of illegal “creators,” Victor finds himself strangely compelled to write. For the first time, he starts to question the world around him, and becomes involved in a web of lies, uncertain of whom to trust, and unable to distinguish between virtualism and reality. As he searches for answers, Victor slowly begins to unravel hidden truths about the world, and even uncovers an astonishing secret from his own past.