Skinner by Charlie Huston

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While "Skinner" has its share of bone-crunching fight scenes, Houston channeled that anger into a book with a highly complex picture of how people live at opposite ends of the economic spectrum...
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Synopsis

Skinner founded his career in "asset protection" on fear. To touch anyone under his protection was to invite destruction. A savagely effective methodology, until Skinner's CIA handlers began to fear him as much as his enemies did and banished him to the hinterlands of the intelligence community.

Now, an ornate and evolving cyber-terrorist attack is about to end that long exile. His asset is Jae, a roboticist with a gift for seeing the underlying systems violently shaping a new era of global guerrilla warfare.

At the root of it all is a young boy, the innocent seed of a plot grown in the slums of Mumbai. Brought to flower, that plot will tip the balance of world power in a perilous new direction.

A combination of Le Carre spycraft with Stephenson techno-philosophy from the novelist hailed by the Washington Post as "the voice of twenty-first century crime fiction," SKINNER is Charlie Huston's masterpiece--a new kind of thriller for a new kind of world.
 

About Charlie Huston

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Charlie Huston is the author of Sleepless, the bestsellers The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death and The Shotgun Rule, the Henry Thompson trilogy, the Joe Pitt casebooks, and several titles for Marvel Comics. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.
 
Published July 9, 2013 by Mulholland Books. 403 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 07 2013

A tale that may enthrall technogeeks while sending their elders scrambling through Hacking for Dummies.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jul 14 2013

Mr. Huston brings some originality to Skinner’s lethal and disfiguring attack methods, but there never seems much at stake when he strikes.

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NPR

Below average
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Jul 10 2013

...a novel I couldn't wait to read and ultimately found terribly disappointing. Alas, like that drug Dreamer from Huston's previous work, it put me to sleep.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on Jul 05 2013

While "Skinner" has its share of bone-crunching fight scenes, Houston channeled that anger into a book with a highly complex picture of how people live at opposite ends of the economic spectrum...

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