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The Blue Light Project

The Blue Light Project

A Novel
April 2011
Trade Paperback · 352 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781593764029
Soft Skull Press

 

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Description

Spanning a four-day hostage situation in the not-too-distant future, The Blue Light Project looks on as a city unravels and three lives intersect in unlikely ways.

When an armed man seizes a television studio in the center of town, Thom Pegg, a former investigative journalist turned tabloid reporter, is as surprised as anyone to learn that he is the only person to whom the hostage taker will speak, bringing him inside the studio and in contact with the frightening truth.

From outside, meanwhile, the drama of the enthralled and horrified city is revealed through the eyes of two very different people thrown together by the crisis. Eve is an Olympic gold medalist and local hero. Rabbit is a renegade street artist who has just completed a massive and mysterious installation on the tops of hundreds of buildings throughout the city.

As events churn to chaos, Taylor paints a powerful picture of the sinister side of our interconnected world, taking us on a dizzying journey through black sites, 24/7 media cycles, cults of celebrity, gang stalking, underground art, societal paranoia, and dangerous cynicism. The result is a gripping work of dark brilliance, from which Taylor ultimately surprises us with grounds for hope.

About the Author

Timothy Taylor is the author of Stanley Park (Counterpoint 2003), which was a finalist for the Giller Prize, and the short story collection Silent Cruise (Counterpoint 2002), for which he won the Journey Prize. He lives in Vancouver.