Fifty Mice

Fifty Mice

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Penguin Putnam
What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will?
And doesn’t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life?


Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he’s abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crimeor criminalis he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay hasno clue.

Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Islandwhich turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locateor inventa repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life.

Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way.


Random House, Inc.
What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will?
And doesn’t even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life?


Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he’s abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime—or criminal—is he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay hasno clue.

Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island—which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locate—or invent—a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life.

Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way.

Baker & Taylor
"A suspenseful, paranoiac tale about an innocent citizen whisked into the witness protection program because he knows something that he doesn't know he knows"--

Baker
& Taylor

"What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will? And doesn't even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life? Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he's abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime-or criminal-is he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay has no clue. Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island-which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locate-or invent-a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life. Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way"--
When he is forced into the Witness Protection Program by agents who believe he is hiding highly classified information, Jay Johnson, a decent guy who is trapped in a surreal and nightmarish scenario, starts to investigate the strange series of events that led him to this odd new existence.
When he is forced into the Witness Protection Program by agents who believe he is hiding highly classified information, Jay Johnson, a decent guy who is trapped in a surreal and nightmarish scenario, starts to investigate the strange series of events that led him to this odd new existence. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780399171642
Branch Call Number: FIC PYN
Characteristics: 285 p. ;,24 cm.

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StarGladiator
May 09, 2016

Really an original and thought-provoking novel - - writes like Thomas Pynchon wished he could write!
[Sidebar: I remember being surprised to learn that mass murderer, Vernon Townley, had been placed in WitSec, or the witness protection program - - incomprehensible that such a thing could happen! Makes a thinking person wonder and ponder just what has WitSect been used for in the past, and will be used for in the future????]

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JILLYJELLY
Apr 27, 2016

Ugh...I thought this went on and on and on..didn't care for it.

natasha321 Sep 10, 2015

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lib_apart Sep 09, 2015

If Kafkaesque Gilligan's Island sounds intriguing to you, then this might be a good thriller to try.

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