Going, Going, Gone by Jack Womack
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Publishers Weekly has called Jack Womack a "futurist wunderkind ... fast-moving, hipper-than-hip." In his latest novel it's 1968, and Walter Bullitt, part-time U.S. government freelancer, stays busy testing new psychotropics on himself and unsuspecting citizens. Walter's conscience never interferes with his work -- until he's asked to help sabotage Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign. The ghosts who've moved into his apartment aren't much comfort. Then two outre femmes fatales show up and frog-march Walter out of Max's Kansas City before the Velvet Underground can finish their first song. The ladies have a mission. They need to save New York -- both his and theirs. Called "infernally clever" by Locus, Going, Going, Gone is a deeply entertaining novel that closes Jack Womack's acclaimed Ambient series and serves up an apt diagnosis of modern America. "Daringly, scaringly distinct in contemporary fiction." -- Marjorie Preston, Philadelphia Weekly "The action moves with amphetamine quickness, and Womack's surefooted control over his material completely sucks us in...." -- Bruce Bauman, Bookforum
 

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Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 228 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Then Walter meets a strange pair of females—they're clearly of mixed race but seem utterly unaware of the ban on blacks—who have urgent business with him and the ghosts: delectable Eulie and her gigantic bodyguard Chlojo hail from the corporate-nightmare world that spawned Dryco.

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Bullitt takes on occasional blackbag operations for the government—dosing unsuspecting citizens with drugs in order to observe the results—but has second thoughts when he's asked to prevent the upstart Robert Kennedy from running in the presidential election.

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Going, Going, Gone may be as detached from reality as the rest of Womack's books, but it has enough in common with "real life" to keep that straight -- things don't tie up in neat packages.

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