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Everything is related...Scientist and part-time dreamer, Dr Darren White is losing the plot. Work has descended into a distinctly unscientific mess and his research is non-existent. Taking time out from discovering the last great theory of the twentieth century, Darren begins an illicit investigation into Class A pharmaceuticals and fears he may be on the verge of murdering an irritating colleague. What's more worrying though is the sudden appearance of a Bomb in his Head, which needs defusing, and soon. Darren has tried everything to arrest his helpless slide: the catchily named Operation MWIMI (Make Work More Interesting) foundered on the rocks of his facial hair, and The Day of Rules turned into the most unruly of days. Nothing has really helped. And now he needs to get his life in order because he has met Neuro Girl, who doesn't look like the sort of woman who would stand for any bombs going off in her vicinity. The more Darren searches for order, the more elusive it becomes, until the surprise contents of a stolen computer suggest that things are rarely what they seem. And when your only hope is that life isn't logical, then you know you're in trouble...don't you?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 24mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0552998745
  • 9780552998741
  • 1,316,339

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The funny side of logic, fallibility, obsessive behaviour and DNA, from the author of "Stickleback. Fast paced, funny and gripping, "Paper charts the compulsive behaviour of thirty-year-old Dr Darren White, a highly qualified but generally incompetent geneticist. Bored and disillusioned with his work at the Sheffield Institute of Medical Diagnostics, Darren is obsessed with finding the last great unifying theory of the twentieth century. When he loses his job, and most of his sanity, the discovery of mysterious police DNA profiles on a second-hand computer leads him to an unsolved crime. But what is the crime? Who is the victim? And has Darren shared a lab with the culprit who seems to have got away with murder?show more

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"'I could say that McCabe writes as Nick Hornby would if Nick Hornby were locked in a laboratory for a year. But that would be glib. The writing is original, entertaining and compelling'" The Times "'A fine and highly original thriller. Hitting you with a series of unexpected outcomes, it provides us with an interesting twist in this well-used genre'" City Lifeshow more

About John McCabe

John McCabe is the author of five acclaimed novels, Stickleback, Paper, Snakeskin, Big Spender and Herding Cats. He lives in Birmingham and works as a more

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"'A fine and highly original thriller. Hitting you with a series of unexpected outcomes, it provides us with an interesting twist in this well-used genre'"show more

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31 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 26% (8)
4 39% (12)
3 16% (5)
2 13% (4)
1 6% (2)
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