Curse the Names by Robert Arellano

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One of Deckled Edge Books's "5 Books With Diverse Perspectives You Can Read Today"

"In this unsettling mix of noir and paranormal obsession . . . Arellano displays a sly, Hitchcockian touch."
--Publishers Weekly

"Arellano pulls off the not-inconsiderable feat of making the disintegration of his hero more compelling than the end of the world as we know it."
--Kirkus Reviews

". . . [N]othing in New Mexico has ever been more secret than Los Alamos, the Atomic City, where a diverse group of geniuses built the first atomic bombs and changed the face of the world forever. That’s the setting and premise for this excellent novel by Cuban-American Robert Arellano. Disaster is about to happen and one man can avert it . . . maybe."
--Globe and Mail (Canada)

"Arellano's taut prose [is] a trip into the mind of a man on the edge of delirium, piecing together a puzzle at the expense of his marriage and his sanity."

"Arellano writes with pure movement and action . . . Curse the Names does exactly what Hitchcock and The Twilight Zone did so well. It takes the ordinary, the benign and relatable and turns it into a fast-paced romp with unexpected events and realizations at every turn. Don’t be surprised if you start this book and don’t look up again until you’re finished. Though its release has come at the doorstep of 2012, Arellano has definitely earned a late addition to my best books of 2011."
--Ryan W. Bradley, The Nervous Breakdown

"Readers, fasten your seat belts for this one. Arellano’s novel is a dizzying Thompsonian concoction of noir crime thriller and alternately nightmarish and comic surreal psychodrama, spiced up with a heaping handful of local northern New Mexico flavor."
--Albuquerque Journal

"The nightmare intensity to Arellano's prose gets under your skin. You won't want to turn the lights out after reading it."
--Charles Ardai, Edgar Award winner

High on a mesa in the mountains of New Mexico, a small town hides a dreadful secret. On a morning very soon there will be an accident that triggers a terrible chain reaction, and the world we know will be wiped out.

James Oberhelm, a reporter at Los Alamos National Laboratory, already sees the devastation, like the skin torn off a moment that is yet to be. He believes he can prevent an apocalypse, but first James must escape the devices of a sensuous young blood tech, a lecherous old hippie, a predator in a waking nightmare, and a forsaken adobe house high away in the Sangre de Cristo mountains whose dark history entwines them all.

A massive bomb is ticking beneath the sands of the Southwest, and time is running out to send a warning. James has to find a way to pass along the message--even if it ruins him.

About Robert Arellano

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Robert Arellano is the author of the Edgar-nominated noir Havana Lunar and two earlier novels, all published by Akashic Books. Writing as Eddy Arellano, he collaborated with three artists on the graphic novel Dead in Desemboque from Soft Skull Press, and as Bobby Rabyd he created the Web's first interactive novel, Sunshine '69. He lived for seven years in the small mountain town of Dixon, New Mexico, and he now teaches in the College of Arts & Sciences at Southern Oregon University.
Published December 27, 2011 by Akashic Books. 195 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Crime. Fiction

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When the Goth technician who’s taking his blood invites him to spend the 4th of July with her girlfriends and her at an abandoned house at Morphy Lake where “we could hook up,” he presses his wife Kitty to take a camping trip close by, sneaks out on her in the middle of the night and hikes out to...

Dec 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Curse the Names

Publishers Weekly

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In this unsettling mix of noir and paranormal obsession from Edgar-finalist Arellano (Havana Lunar), James Oberhelm, who writes banal feel-good pieces for the official publication of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and whose 10-year marriage has long since slipped into autopilot, accepts the ...

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Curse the Names

The Nervous Breakdown

The words looked familiar.” Arellano draws in the reader with a recognizable tone, a cadence to his sentences that tells the reader something is being uncovered, but that it will only reveal more unknowns.

Dec 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Curse the Names

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