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Author: Daniel Pyne Narrator: D. W. Moffett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9780698188761
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What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will?

And doesn’t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life?



Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he’s abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime—or criminal—is he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay has no clue.

Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island—which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locate—or invent—a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life.

Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Exceedingly clever, expertly timed, and dripping with paranoia, the nightmarish scenario at the center of this thrilling story turns on a kick-ass dime.”

    Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Cop Town

  • “[Pyne] knows how to control a thriller, but in Fifty Mice he intentionally removes any notion of control. There is no telling what will happen from one page to the next because he creates a flawed, vulnerable character with no sway over his own memory. Fifty Mice illustrates the obscurity of life, how easy it is to erase a life not lived, and how difficult it can be to tell the difference between a mouse and a man.”

    Boston Herald

  • “A unique thrill ride…A real cat-and-mouse story…This plot is both gripping and suspenseful, as the author offers up a secret that will make all us ‘normal’ people out there think long and hard about the people powerful enough to change lives in an instant. Pyne is an extremely clever writer.”

    Suspense Magazine

  • Fifty Mice is loaded with surprises, twists, and turns that kept this reader guessing until the very end.”

  • “Pyne weaves a smart, exceedingly clever, and unusual tale with a horrible secret at its center, which is as much a late coming-of-age story as it is a thriller. Fans of brainy noir will find much to love in this highly satisfying, big-screen-ready book.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[A] wonderfully paranoid jaunt through competing realities…Pyne’s confident hand guides readers to a surprising, popcorn-dropping final twist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Drawing on the noir tradition…a serious consideration of memory and how it functions—or doesn’t.”


  • “Hollywood screenwriter Pyne keeps the suspense taut in this well-paced and deeply unsettling thrill ride.”


  • “Narrator D. W. Moffett provides a clear, slightly sibilant, well-paced delivery…As the story ascends to its surprising climax, Moffett’s quiet, authoritative voice makes the abductions, escapes, pursuits, and gunplay more believable. Listeners will never think about Catalina the same way again.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2015

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About the Author

Daniel Pyne’s screenwriting credits include the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, Pacific Heights, and Fracture. He made his directorial debut with the indie cult film Where’s Marlowe? Pyne’s list of television credits (writing and showrunning) is vast and includes J. J. Abrams’ Alcatraz and Miami Vice. His two previous novels, Twentynine Palms and A Hole in the Ground Owned by a Liar, were published by Counterpoint Press. He lives in Southern California.

About the Narrator

D. W. Moffett is an actor best known for his role as Joe McCoy on the NBC television series Friday Night Lights. He has starred in other television shows, such as For Your Love, Hidden Palms, Life is Wild, and Happily Divorced. Also a prolific audiobook narrator, he has read numerous novels by John Grisham.