Brilliance by Marcus Sakey

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A 2013 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

From Marcus Sakey, “a modern master of suspense” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “one of our best storytellers” (Michael Connelly), comes an adventure that’s at once breakneck thriller and shrewd social commentary; a gripping tale of a world fundamentally different and yet horrifyingly similar to our own, where being born gifted can be a terrible curse.

 

About Marcus Sakey

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Marcus Sakey is the author of four novels, three of which are in development as feature films. He has been nominated for or won an Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and ITW Thriller Award.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Thomas & Mercer. 453 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Sakey (The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes) paints a near future too close for comfort in this stunning thriller, the first in a projected series. About 1% of American children born after 1986—known as abn

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The “but for” is the discovery of a small yet significant minority within the population known as “brilliants,” who possess particular (read: “amazing”) skill sets of different types and degrees, or “levels.” In Sakey’s alternate world, the existence of the brilliants is detected in the early 1980s.

Jul 26 2013 | Read Full Review of Brilliance

In this thriller set in an alternate present-day America, one percent of children born after 1986 are "brilliants," manifesting talents beyond any savants previously known. As the "normal" population's mistrust and fear of brilliants grows, along with brilliants' anger and resentment at being mon...

Nov 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Brilliance

Cooper works for the Department of Analysis and Response, an agency like our Homeland Security but even more secret. The agency's charge is to capture and eliminate terrorists among the supersmart ("abnorms," "twists"). Cooper is the department's ace. Alone among his associates, he himself is a b...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Brilliance

Cooper works for the Department of Analysis and Response, an agency like our Homeland Security but even more secret. The agency's charge is to capture and eliminate terrorists among the supersmart ("abnorms," "twists"). Cooper is the department's ace. Alone among his associates, he himself is a b...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Brilliance

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