Skinner

By Charlie Huston (Hardcover Book, 2013)
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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316133722

    • On Sale Date: 07/09/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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.

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.

  • SKINNER by Charlie Huston

  • "A thriller for the Edward Snowden Summer . . . Mr. Huston is renowned for making the fantastic believable." ( Wall Street Journal ).

  • "Skinner is of the moment. . . . While Skinner has its share of bone-crunching fight scenes, Huston channeled [his] anger into a book with a highly complex picture of how people live at opposite ends of the economic spectrum." ( Los Angeles Times ).

  • "Its fluency with both the world of spies and of high technology, like Olen Steinhauer by way of William Gibson, makes it a gripping read, [and] the humanity Skinner finds in himself is genuinely touching." ( USA Today ).

  • "Fun and inventive . . . An espionage thriller for the information age with echoes of John Le Carre and William Gibson." (CNN.com ).

  • "Skinner is an up-to-the-second thriller, combining big ideas, gouts of blood and a fascinating mix of damaged characters." ( Cleveland Plain Dealer ).

  • "Charlie Huston's excellent new thriller [feels] two steps ahead of the present moment even as it encapsulates everything that's freaked us out in the last decade. . . . Skinner doesn't just borrow from the headlines--it critiques them, in the service of a well-plotted and ultimately character-driven story. It's a hell of a book." ( Portland Mercury ).

  • "Charlie Huston writes crime fiction for a new century but does so in the tradition of the masters. Skinner specializes in 'asset protection' and his skills are tested here to their fullest." (Playboy).

  • "Skinner could easily be credible as pages ripped from the latest newspaper headlines....This book will leave you breathless." (The Tampa Bax Examiner (Top Five Summer Must-Reads Pick)).

  • "[A] tour de force... SKINNER is mind-bendingly original, from the characters, to the dialogue, to the sensory-overloaded world that feels eerily like the one we're about to live in. Add Huston to the A-list." (Booklist (starred review)).

  • "An exceptionally smart thriller. Stunningly original characters, wildly surprising twists, and an ending that's both unexpected and moving. An extraordinary genre stand-alone... the sort of book you want to reread just to see how the trick was done." (Publishers Weekly (starred review)).

  • PRAISE FOR CHARLIE HUSTON:

    "Anyone not acquainted with Charlie Huston's blistering, unputdownable novels will want to tie their sneakers nice and tight, or they are apt to be blasted clean out of them." (Stephen King).

  • "Among the new voices in twenty-first-century crime fiction, Charlie Huston is where it's at. (Washington Post).

  • "Huston writes dialogue so combustible it could fuel a bus and characters crazy enough to take it on the road." (New York Times Book Review).

  • PRAISE FOR SLEEPLESS:

    "[Charlie Huston is] one of the most interesting writers working the crime/mystery/ supernatural beat. . . . [Sleepless] is a serious novel full of ideas about our future, concerns about our present and dead-on characterizations."
    (Associated Press).

  • "A stunningly original work of speculative fiction."
    (New York Times Book Review
    ).

  • PRAISE FOR THE MYSTIC ARTS OF ERASING ALL SIGNS OF DEATH:

    "Authentically great...a runaway freight that feels like a combination of William Burroughs and James Ellroy." (Stephen King).

  • "Smoking-hot... scorchingly good dialogue...a book that anyone can admire." (New York Times).

  • "Just when you think you've caught up with him on the curve, Charlie Huston drives right off the cliff, landing on a road no one else could see...Shockingly original...The outlandish characters are brazen originals, and the dialogue is the roar of a death-defying talent."
    (New York Times Book Review).

Product Details

Skinner
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316133722
  • On Sale Date: 07/09/2013
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