"The pace is fast, the body count significant, the loopholes minor. All this tech-enabled police procedural lacks is a Lennie Briscoe zinger at the beginning. Two guns—I mean thumbs—up." –Wall Street Journal
A riveting crime novel with a speculative edge about the ways our perceptions of reality can be manipulated.
Seven years ago, everyone in the world went blind in a matter of months. Technology helped people adjust to the new normal, creating a device that approximates vision, downloading visual data directly to people’s brains. But what happens when someone finds a way to hack it and change what people see?
Homicide detective Mark Owens has been on the force since before The Blinding. When a scientist is murdered, and the only witness insists the killer was blacked out of her vision, Owens doesn’t believe her—until a similar murder happens in front of him. With suspects ranging from tech billionaires to anti-modernity cultists—and with the bodies piling up—Owens must conduct an investigation in which he can’t even trust his own eyes.
Thomas Mullen, the acclaimed author of Darktown and The Last Town on Earth, delivers an unputdownable crime novel about one man's search for truth in a world of surveillance and disinformation that’s all too recognizable.
About the Author
Thomas Mullen is the internationally bestselling author of several previous novels, including Darktown, an NPR Best Book of 2016, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Book Prize, the Indies Choice Book Award, and was nominated for or won prizes in France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The follow-up, Lightning Men, was named one of the Top Ten Crime Novels of 2017 by The New York Times and was shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award. His debut, The Last Town on Earth, set during the 1918 flu pandemic, was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction. He lives in Atlanta.
Advance Praise for Blind Spots
“[An] excellent near-future mystery. . . Fans of P.D. James’s Children of Men will be enthralled.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A gritty, dystopian story and an all too real and possible exploration of the dangers of continuous surveillance and the spread of disinformation.” –Library Journal (starred review)
"[Mullen] has outdone himself here: this is a tremendous crime-SF hybrid, a brilliantly conceived story impeccably told. A novel that will stay with you for a very long time." —Booklist (starred review)
"Grounded in the set pieces of police procedurals, this is both a whodunit and a cautionary tale about technology and government authoritarianism run amok. A lively, offbeat mystery with a thought-provoking premise." —Kirkus Reviews
"It’s rare to find a thriller with such a fantastic and original concept. I was gripped." —Anthony Horowitz
"An exciting page-turner that's also full of sharp writing and thought-provoking ideas. Mullen fuses science fiction and a detective story into a stylish and entertaining novel." —Charles Yu
"This terrific mix of noir and sci-fi delivers an exciting and cautionary crime novel of what may be our not-so-distant future."—Ace Atkins
“Terrific... The world of this story is brimming with imagination and raises alarming questions about our own near-term future. Attention Black Mirror fans: This is your next book!” —Jason Rekulak