A New Novel by Gary Krist
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"Krist reminds us of how much fun reading can be"
--The New York Times
Chaos Theory is a shrewd, literate, and compulsively readable thriller set against the background of Washington DC in the mid-1990s--a city on the brink of economic, social, and moral collapse.
Jason Rourke, who is white, and Dennis Monroe, who is black, are good kids and good
friends. One night, on a dare, they drive to a blighted part of Washington to buy a little
marijuana. But it isn't their night, and the deal goes terribly wrong. Before it's over, a shot
is fired, and the two just barely get away, leaving a small-time drug dealer lying wounded in
Their troubles are only beginning. Next morning, Jason and Dennis learn
that the incident with the drug dealer was much worse than it seemed. Finding themselves
suspects in a bizarre homicide, the two are forced to flee, leaving their families
terrified and confused. And what started out as a relatively innocent moment of adolescent
mischief soon turns into a nightmarish, life-threatening ordeal--one that eventually draws
these sheltered teenagers into a citywide scheme of murders and coverups that may involve
some of Washington's most prominent--and trusted--public officials.
Gary Krist's first thriller, Bad Chemistry, was praised for its sharp intelligence and its
deft and deep characterizations. Here he broadens his canvas, creating a drama that
explores the thoughts and feelings of two families who suddenly find their lives spiraling out
of control. The result is a sophisticated, often funny novel of suspense, one that takes us
deep into the decay and corruption of a city tottering on the edge of chaos.
About the Author
Gary Krist has written two New York Times Notable Books--the novel Bad Chemistry and the
story collection Bone by Bone--and The Garden State, which won the Sue Kaufman Prize for
First Fiction. A widely published journalist and critic, Krist lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland,
with his wife and daughter. (www.garykrist.com)
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