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Pulse : a novel / Michael Harvey.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.

Physical Description:
386 pages ; 24 cm


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"Looking for a terrific read? I highly recommend PULSE. . . It's a story to get lost in." --Stephen King

"Harvey's lethal imagination is cranked to eleven in this one . . . his best yet by far. Superb!"

-- Lee Child

The story of a Boston murder that defies all expectations--optioned for film by 21 Laps, the company behind Stranger Things and Arrival

Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn't know he's there--he would never approve of Daniel living on his own. None of that matters, though, because the next night Harry, a Harvard football star, is murdered in an alley.

Detectives "Bark" Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to the case. The veteran partners thought they'd seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother's murder before it ever happened. The subsequent investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers' past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.

Pulse is a novel laced with real danger and otherworldly twists--a master class by an endlessly gifted writer.

Author Notes

Michael Harvey is a writer, journalist, and documentary producer. He is the co-creator, writer and executive producer of the Prime Time Emmy-nominated television series Cold Case Files¿ and a former investigative producer for CBS in Chicago.

Harvey's work has won numerous national and international awards, including multiple Emmys and an Academy Award nomination for the Holocaust documentary Eyewitness.

Michael's novels include The Innocence Game, We All Fall Down, The Third Rail, The Fifth Floor, The Chicago Way, and The Governor's Wife.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in 1976 Boston, this suspense novel from Harvey (Brighton) combines a gritty police story with elements of speculative fiction in a way that doesn't quite jell. Daniel Fitzsimmons, a 16-year-old high school student who has been sharing a place with his Harvard football star brother, Harry, takes a room in the apartment of Simon Lane, who claims to be a former Harvard professor of theoretical physics and suggests to Daniel that quantum entanglement may also be possible between two people. When Harry is murdered in Boston's red-light district, the police have an obvious suspect, but the medical examiner finds inconsistencies. Meanwhile, Daniel has been having strange experiences-transforming into animals and believing he has a quasi-mystical connection to some people-though it's unclear whether these actually occur or are hallucinations. Harvey often writes beautifully, even tenderly, but the ending will leave readers questioning what exactly happened and why. This standalone will appeal to those willing to suspend some disbelief, but not to anyone who wants everything to make sense. Agent: David Gernert, Gernert Co. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Harvey (Brighton) returns with his eighth novel, a crime thriller with a dash of quantum physics and spirituality. The main character, 16-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons, has had a rough life to say the least. His parents are dead and it's just been Daniel and his older brother Harry since they were little. Then Harry, a stand-out football player at Harvard, is murdered, leaving Daniel alone and in the middle of his murder investigation. Daniel battles his intense feelings of grief as well as some strange powers he is not sure how to control-or if they are even real. Two veteran detectives, "Bark" Jones and Tommy Dillon, are assigned to the case. They are stunned when they interview Daniel and find out he claims to have known about his brother's murder before it even occurred. VERDICT This well-researched novel set in 1970s Boston is a real page-turner. With twists that sometimes seem to come from another world, it's sure to keep readers interested. [See Prepub Alert, 4/23/18.]-Joni Gheen, LadyJ's -Bookish Nook, McConnelsville, OH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.