Blind Spots: A Novel
"The pace is fast, the body count significant, the loopholes minor. All this tech-enabled police procedural lacks is a Lennie Briscoe zinger at the beginning. Two guns—I mean thumbs—up." –Wall Street Journal
A riveting crime novel with a speculative edge about the ways our perceptions of reality can be manipulated.
Seven years ago, everyone in the world went blind in a matter of months. Technology helped people adjust to the new normal, creating a device that approximates vision, downloading visual data directly to people’s brains. But what happens when someone finds a way to hack it and change what people see?
Homicide detective Mark Owens has been on the force since before The Blinding. When a scientist is murdered, and the only witness insists the killer was blacked out of her vision, Owens doesn’t believe her—until a similar murder happens in front of him. With suspects ranging from tech billionaires to anti-modernity cultists—and with the bodies piling up—Owens must conduct an investigation in which he can’t even trust his own eyes.
Thomas Mullen, the acclaimed author of Darktown and The Last Town on Earth, delivers an unputdownable crime novel about one man's search for truth in a world of surveillance and disinformation that’s all too recognizable.
Praise for Blind Spots: A Novel
Advance Praise for Blind Spots
“[An] excellent near-future mystery. . . Fans of P.D. James’s Children of Men will be enthralled.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A gritty, dystopian story and an all too real and possible exploration of the dangers of continuous surveillance and the spread of disinformation.” –Library Journal (starred review)
"[Mullen] has outdone himself here: this is a tremendous crime-SF hybrid, a brilliantly conceived story impeccably told. A novel that will stay with you for a very long time." —Booklist (starred review)
"Grounded in the set pieces of police procedurals, this is both a whodunit and a cautionary tale about technology and government authoritarianism run amok. A lively, offbeat mystery with a thought-provoking premise." —Kirkus Reviews
"It’s rare to find a thriller with such a fantastic and original concept. I was gripped." —Anthony Horowitz
"An exciting page-turner that's also full of sharp writing and thought-provoking ideas. Mullen fuses science fiction and a detective story into a stylish and entertaining novel." —Charles Yu
"This terrific mix of noir and sci-fi delivers an exciting and cautionary crime novel of what may be our not-so-distant future."—Ace Atkins
“Terrific... The world of this story is brimming with imagination and raises alarming questions about our own near-term future. Attention Black Mirror fans: This is your next book!” —Jason Rekulak