American Subversive by David Goodwillie
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Aidan Cole and his friends are a band of savvy—if cynical—New York journalists and bloggers, thriving at the intersection of media and celebrity. They meet at loft parties and dive bars, talking of scoops and page views, sexual adventures and new restaurants. And then, without warning, a bomb rips through a deserted midtown office tower, and Aidan’s life will never be the same.

Four days later, with no arrests and a city on edge, an anonymous e-mail arrives in Aidan’s inbox. Attached is the photograph of an attractive young white woman, along with a chilling message: “This is Paige Roderick. She’s the one responsible.”

An astonishing debut novel, American Subversive is a “genuinely thrilling thriller” (NewYorker.com) as well as “an exploration of what motivates radicalism in an age of disillusion” (The New York Times Book Review).
 

About David Goodwillie

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David Goodwillie is the author of the novel American Subversive, a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, and the acclaimed memoir Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time. He has also played professional baseball, worked as a private investigator, and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. A graduate of Kenyon College, he lives in New York City.  
 
Published April 2, 2010 by Scribner. 324 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He has an instant conversion, passing up the scoop of a lifetime to join Paige underground and prevent Keith's upcoming Action.

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From the moment Aidan meets Paige, he is captivated by this eco-terrorist with a silhouette “stolen from a teenage fantasy.” As for Paige, her motivations for having joined the radical group soon become clear.

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A novel skewers New York's Internet-media nexus; a New York Times health editor examines the ways "Grown-Up" minds are superior to young brains; a reporter visits the small Dominican town that churns out big-league baseball stars.

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Aidan Cole is a fundamentally nice Manhattan 30-something who writes a gossipy media blog by day and barhops with oily Latin American playboys by night.

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USA Today

Later we would learn he had spent time at an al-Qaeda training camp. The big question: How could this happen? In American Subversive, Paige Roderick, a young woman left emotionally bereft by the death of her brother in Iraq, undergoes a gradual radicalization that grows o...

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The New Zealand Herald

Quickread High-rise queues already The Auckland Council has confirmed 13 property owners have already applied for certificates of compliance to demolish their pre-1944 houses before the new draft unitary… Quickread Live now, retire later Studies show that despite our best plans...

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Carlin Romano

Subsequently, the novel alternates between Aidan and Paige’s points of view to tell the story of who is responsible for the bombing, what it means, who sent the email anyway, and how the story of the two principles — aimless blogger and committed underground guerrilla — will come together to make...

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