Paranoia (Start Publishing)

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Fans of the X-files will be lured into this compelling novel, and will question reality until the surprising conclusion. Chad Carver, an orderly working at a mental health hospital, knows all about conspiracy theories thanks to some of his more paranoid patients--dark fantasies about black helicopters, thought control, international bankers and secret U.N. armies. Then his long-lost brother Palmer appears at his door claiming to be a renegade from the biggest secret society of all--the Illuminati--and predicts that the President will be assassinated in three days. After this prediction comes true, Chad plunges headfirst into Palmer's dark world where conspiracies are formed to fight conspiracies, where reality changes according to belief, and where even conspiracy theorists are agents of the Illuminati. When Chad learns that he must kill for his beliefs, the line between theory and reality disappears. Palmer tells him that the Illuminati are about to release a biological weapon, and if he kills the Grand Master of the Illuminati, the world will be saved. Or so the theory goes...
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About the author

Craig DiLouie is the author of SUFFER THE CHILDREN (Simon & Schuster, May 2014) and the bestselling zombie novels TOOTH AND NAIL (START/Salvo Press, April 2010), THE INFECTION (Permuted Press, February 2011), its sequel THE KILLING FLOOR (Permuted Press, April 2012), and the RETREAT series with Joe McKinney and Stephen Knight. He has also authored the CRASH DIVE series, a WWII submarine thriller; THE ALCHEMISTS, a historical fantasy; THE GREAT PLANET ROBBERY, a military sci-fi comedy; and PARANOIA, a psychological thriller. As a technical writer, he has also written several non-fiction books about lighting and electrical design. Craig blogs about apocalyptic and horror books and films regularly at www.CraigDilouie.com.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Sep 1, 2001
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Pages
159
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ISBN
9781627934305
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / General
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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"Pulls you into the depths of a secret world from the first page. Ian Smith’s novel is unmissable." —Harlan Coben, author of Missing You

Cambridge, Massachusetts, Fall 1988

Spenser Collins
An unlikely Harvard prospect, smart and athletic, strapped for cash, determined to succeed. Calls his mother—who raised him on her own in Chicago—every week.

Dalton Winthrop
A white-shoe legacy at Harvard, he's just the most recent in a string of moneyed, privileged Winthrop men in Cambridge. He's got the ease—and the deep knowledge—that come from belonging.

These two find enough common ground to become friends, cementing their bond when Spenser is "punched" to join the Delphic Club, one of the most exclusive of Harvard's famous all-male final clubs. Founded in the nineteenth century, the Delphic has had titans of industry, Hollywood legends, heads of state, and power brokers among its members.

Dalton Winthrop knows firsthand that the Delphic doesn't offer memberships to just anyone. His great-uncle is one of their oldest living members, and Dalton grew up on stories of the club's rituals. But why is his uncle so cryptic about the Ancient Nine, a shadowy group of alums whose identities are unknown and whose power is absolute? They protect the Delphic's darkest and oldest secrets—including what happened to a student who sneaked into the club's stately brick mansion in 1927 and was never seen again.

Dalton steers Spenser into deeper and deeper recesses of the club, and beyond, to try to make sense of what they think they may be seeing. But with each scrap of information they get from an octogenarian Crimson graduate, a crumbling newspaper in the library's archives, or one of Harvard's most famous and heavily guarded historical books, a fresh complication trips them up. The more the friends investigate, the more questions they unearth, tangling the story of the club, the disappearance, and the Ancient Nine, until they realize their own lives are in danger.

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