Spook Country is a novel
set in the years after 9/11. This is a combination spy thriller,
art review, science fiction, and crime novel. William Gibson is
(based on reviews I have read) an accomplished science fiction writer.
He attempts to place some aspects of the future into the present.
I am not sure it works.
In the story a freelance writer is asked to
interview and then write a story about an artist who does more than
art. The magazine she writes for does not yet exist. At
the same time we are introduced to two other groups of people who also
have an interest in the artist she has to interview. I had
trouble figuring out who was who.
I picked up the book in an airport book store during five spare
minutes I had between flights. I bought it on the basis of the
title (because I like spy novels - John LeCarre - where are you?) and
found that the book was not "my type". It may be someone else's
type; but definitely not mine. I did manage to finish it to the
end but was disappointed. I won't be passing it on to my
friends. It will get recycled.
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