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No Harm Can Come to a Good Man by James Smythe
  

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This is a dark dystopian thriller set in the not very distant future (2020) where a new technology, Clear Vista, can seemingly predict the future based on a handful of questions. Laurence Walker is a Senator who uses Clear Vista to predict his chances of being President. But Walker’s life quickly starts to unravel when personal tragedy strikes and the predictability, or not, of the future become all too important. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man by James Smythe

How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat? A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine. Soon, we'll be able to predict everything. We'll predict weather patterns, traffic jams. We'll predict who is going to run countries. Laurence Walker wants to be President of the United States. He's a sure thing: adored by the public, ex-military, a real family man. A good man. But then ClearVista, the world's foremost prediction software, tells the world his chances. And not only will he not be President, but it predicts that he's going to do the worst thing he can imagine. But can he change that destiny? Or is ClearVista simply showing him the man that he's always meant to be? It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way.

Reviews

'A writer of bold imagination and verve'
Lauren Beukes

'Savage, intimate and inexorable'
Nick Harkaway

'Powerful and distinctive'
Guardian

'Smythe's storytelling is pacey and addictive; he has a fiendish talent for springing surprises'
The Times

'Fully formed, fundamentally affecting, forward-thinking fiction. The sort of story that reminds us why we read, and what we, the people, need' Tor.com

About the Author

James Smythe

James Smythe was born in London in 1980. Since completing a PhD in Cardiff University, he has taught creative writing, and is currently writer/narrative designer for a major forthcoming video game. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex. He has also written a novel called The Testimony, which was published by Blue Door/HarperCollins in 2011.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th April 2015

Author

James Smythe

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jpsmythe.com

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Publisher

The Borough Press an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Thriller / Suspense
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780007541935

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