Devil's Plaything

Devil's Plaything

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"Smart, captivating, sophisticated; I can't say enough about this deftly told story."
-Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor's Tomb

"A brilliant thriller that defies genre and scope; a twisted blend of Michael Crichton and Alfred Hitchcock."
-James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Altar of Eden

A Pulitzer Prize winner for Journalism in 2010, New York Times science reporter Matt Richtel delivers a phenomenal "neuro-tech" thriller about a dark and insidious plot to reengineer the human brain. Devil's Plaything is smart, fast, and terrifyingly plausible-a page-turner of the first order from the critically acclaimed author of Hooked, whom author David Liss (The Devil's Company) calls, "The absolute master of crafting amazing fiction around cutting edge science."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Harper
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061999695
  • 9780061999697

Review quote

"This thriller pushes the envelope to the edge and beyond in exciting and unique ways. Talk about a buddy story: How about a seasoned investigator and his octogenarian grandmother rushing against a ticking clock? Smart, captivating, sophisticated, I can't say enough about this deftly-told story." -- Steve Berry "With Devil's Plaything, Matt Richtel confirms what his first novel suggested: that he's the absolute master of crafting amazing fiction around cutting edge science. Richtel's singular gift is his ability to convey the human components of technological change. This is an utterly absorbing read -- gripping, exciting, touching and terrifying. " -- David Liss
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Back cover copy

We all keep secrets, but what if someone wasn't just stealing our secrets but changing them . . . and our brains?

Journalist Nat Idle is nearly gunned down in Golden Gate Park. He quickly learns it was no random attack. Suddenly, in pursuit of the truth, he's running for his life through the shadows of Silicon Valley, a human lab animal caught in a deadly maze of neurotechnology and institutional paranoia. And his survival rests entirely in the hands of his eighty-five-year-old grandmother, Lane, who's suffering from dementia and can't remember the secret at the heart of the world-changing conspiracy.

Author, technology reporter, Pulitzer Prize winner, Matt Richtel has dreamed up an exquisite nightmare firmly grounded in true science. The future is now, the possibilities endless . . . and positively terrifying.
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About Matt Richtel

Matt Richtel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and bestselling nonfiction and mystery author. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Meredith, a neurologist, and their two children. In his spare time, he plays tennis and piano and writes (not very good) songs. Visit him online at
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Rating details

369 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 7% (27)
4 31% (116)
3 41% (152)
2 17% (62)
1 3% (12)
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