Spook Country by William Gibson

Spook CountryPublished: 2007

Genre: technothriller

Length: 371 pages

Setting: U.S. and Canada, 2006

Interest: I saw the book when I was perusing the shelves, looking for a title that fit my A-Z reading challenge.

Summary: The novel is composed of three seemingly separate, but intersecting stories. Hollis Henry, a singer in the now defunct cult band Curfew, has been hired by Hubertus Bigend to write an article on locative art for his yet-to-be launched magazine. She is introduced to Bobby Chombo, who facilitates much of the locative art, and also tracks a mysterious shipping box. Tito is a member of a Cuban family, since transplanted to the U.S., all of whom were highly trained to pass information to other agents secretively. He is being tracked by Brown, and feeds Brown false information that Chombo is unable to track the box. Everyone comes together in Vancouver, where the shipping box (containing millions of dollars) is irradiated with cesium by the man controlling Chombo and Tito’s actions. Hollis watches the event happen, Tito covers it up, and Brown tries to catch the people responsible.

Final thoughts: A fascinating, intricate book. It’s one that I don’t necessarily understand everything that’s going on behind the scenes, but the way the three stories weave together and the characters develop is marvelous. Gibson does have a pretty distinctive style that you either enjoy or don’t. Personally, I’m drawn into his stories, even if I feel like I’m missing something in my reading of them. Hollis kind of acts like a surrogate reader – she’s not quite sure what’s happening, but she wants to see the whole thing through to the end.

Title comes from: A line in the book where they define spook, country, and spook country.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 48/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge

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