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Levinson, Paul | Consciousness Plague, The | Signed First Edition Copy
Consciousness Plague, The | Levinson, Paul | Signed First Edition Book


First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author, remainder marked. 2002 NY: TOR ISBN 9780765300980
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Consciousness Plague, The
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More science fiction-ish sleuthing for New York City forensic detective Phil D'Amato (The Silk Code, 1999). As a serial killer known as the Riverside Strangler notches up another victim, and a flu epidemic ravages the country, narrator Phil notices odd memory lapses in himself and others. His boss, NYPD bigwig Jack Dugan, doesn't remember giving him the green light to set up a new task force; his live-in partner, Jenna, has no memory of his marriage proposal; and Claudia Gonzales, the police officer who found the latest victim, can't remember finding the body or the circumstances of the case. After consulting professor Robert McNair, Phil infers that a new antibiotic, Omnin, may be to blame for the memory loss. It's been formulated specifically to cross the blood/brain barrier, and possibly kills-cells? bacteria?-in the brain that facilitate memory. Meanwhile, since the strangler's naked victims show no sign of rape or sexual assault, the case detectives conjecture a lesbian perpetrator. Phil-realizing that he's forgotten important details-focuses on Claudia Gonzales, even though she has alibis for some of the victims. Then McNair turns up dead-of cancer, according to his young, pushy wife Rhonda; but McNair's physician won't confirm the diagnosis or provide details. What's the connection, Phil wonders, between Claudia and Rhonda? Can he solve the case before everyone forgets the details, and prevent civilization's collapsing down a memory black hole? Some of the angles don't add up, but, still, this is a much-improved outing, with intriguing if far-fetched speculation, solid sleuthing, and agreeably baffling suspects.

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