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The Zero is a groundbreaking novel, a darkly comic snapshot of our times that is already being compared to the works of Franz Kafka and Joseph Heller.

From its opening scene—when hero cop Brian Remy wakes up to find he's shot himself in the head—novelist Jess Walter takes us on a harrowing tour of a city and a country shuddering through the aftershocks of a devastating terrorist attack. As the smoke slowly clears, Remy finds that his memory is skipping, lurching between moments of lucidity and days when he doesn't seem to be living his own life at all. The landscape around him is at once fractured and oddly familiar: a world dominated by a Machiavellian mayor, and peopled by gawking celebrities, anguished policemen, and real estate divas hyping the spoils of tragedy. Remy himself has a new girlfriend he doesn't know, a son who pretends he's dead, and an unsettling new job chasing a trail of paper scraps for a shadowy intelligence agency. Whether that trail will lead Remy to an elusive terror cell—or send him circling back to himself—is only one of the questions posed by this provocative yet deeply human novel.

Performed by Christopher Graybill

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Quotes & Awards

  • “ A ridiculously talented writer.”

    New York TImes

  • “Exquisitely written …Like a paranoid Being There, The Zero is suspenseful, satisfying and unforgettable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is political satire at its best: scathing, funny, dark. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “Jess Walter's The Zero is a tense and compulsively readable roller-coaster ride fraught with psychological thrills, unanticipated dips and lurches, and existential truths.”

    Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

  • Jess Walter is a literary talent writ large.”

    Boston Globe

  • A 2006 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller
  • A 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
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About the Author
Author Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of the novels The Zero, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award, and Citizen Vince, winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. He has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Prize in both fiction and nonfiction. His books have been New York Times, Washington Post, and NPR best books of the year and have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Spokane, Washington.