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Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died.

Few people know what really happened.

Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love.

Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run.

As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word.

Because the poets know that words can kill...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 30mm | 523g
  • Mulholland Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781444764666
  • 719,166

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Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls
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Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once * Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls * Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and
stays there. * Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know * About as close you can get to the perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell. LEXICON reads like Elmore Leonard high out of his mind on Snow Crash. * Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians * LEXICON grabbed me with the opening lines, and never let go. An absolutely thrilling story, featuring an array of compelling characters in an eerily credible parallel society, punctuated by bouts of laugh-out-loud humor. * Chris Pavone, author of The Expats * Praise for Jennifer Government * . * A fast-paced, page-turning thriller...deliciously wicked and subversive...Barry choreographs the action with a dexterity that's on a par with Elmore Leonard * Independent on Sunday * Caustically funny...chillingly possible * Observer * Brilliant and hilarious * Naomi Klein, author of No Logo * Does just about everything right... wicked and wonderful, fast-moving and funny * Washington Post * Has you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning * USA Today * A riveting page-turner and irresistible smile inducer...paced like a runaway thriller * Irish Examiner * Frighteningly good... the racy plot is gripping from twisted start to terrifying finish * Venue *
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About Max Barry

Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person.

Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.
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3 21% (7,971)
2 5% (2,005)
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