THE FLICKER MEN
released OUT NOW! 352 pages | Hardback/ebook
Author Ted Kosmatka
Publisher Michael Joseph
Eric Argus is washed up, a once brilliant quantum physicist who’s succumbed to booze. Then comes a second chance. An old friend hires Argus to work at Hansen, a prestigious lab, and Argus decides to recreate Feynman’s double-slit experiment, which showed how electrons behave as both a particle and a wave.
Which is when Argus’s life starts to go even more awry, as his results appear to reveal the existence of the human soul – and its lack in some. Soon, he finds himself pursued by violent and well-resourced forces.
If there’s something a little Dan Brown about the set-up to Ted Kosmatka’s third novel, don’t worry, it’s mostly just the conspiracies whispering to you from the shadows. A far closer analogy is with Michael Crichton, as Kosmatka uses an airport thriller narrative of setpiece violence, noble sacrifice and bad-ass baddies to sneak in ideas about the nature of reality – or, more accurately, different realities.
There’s the odd hokey moment in the final 50 pages as Kosmatka tries to resolve different plot strands, but it’s an impressive novel nonetheless, with Argus a resourceful semi-hero forever caught between doing the right thing and pissing his life up against the wall.