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Under the Night

Alan Glynn

Under the Night is Alan Glynn’s masterpiece … if you liked Limitless, you will love this.’ STAV SHEREZ, author of The Intrusions

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Under the Night is Alan Glynn’s masterpiece … if you liked Limitless, you will love this.’ STAV SHEREZ, author of The Intrusions

In 1950s Manhattan, the CIA carry out a covert study of psychoactive drugs. When they dose ad man Ned Sweeney with MDT-48, he finds his horizons dramatically expand as he is hurtled through the corridors of the rich and powerful, all the way to the government’s nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll.

But what of Ned’s colleague who was also dosed that night – last seen running half-naked and screaming into the Broadway traffic – and for how long can Ned maintain the extraordinary pace and trajectory of his new life?

Over sixty years later, the only fact Ray Sweeney knows about his grandfather’s life is that it ended when he jumped out of a hotel window in Manhattan, an event which scarred his family thereafter. But then Ray meets a retired government official, ninety-two-year-old Clay Proctor, who claims he can illuminate not only Ned’s life and death, but also the truth behind the mysterious drug.

Both a sequel and prequel to Alan Glynn’s classic debut, The Dark Fields – which became the hit movie LimitlessUnder the Night is an irresistible thriller about the seductive power and dangers of unlocking the potential of the human mind.

Critic Reviews

No one spins twenty-first-century facts into high-tech fantasies like Glynn.

Critic Reviews

‘A wild ride through history’s back channels . . . Shot through with Glynn’s leitmotif of justifiable paranoia, it’s a tantalising tale of what-ifs and could-have-beens as Ned and Ray separately piece together an appalling account of a “deep state” manipulation of the American public on a staggering scale.’

Irish Times
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Glynn is one of the most inventive practitioners working in contemporary crime fiction.

Declan Burke, Irish Times
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Remarkable ... [he] has a knack for depicting a shifting reality.

Critic Reviews

Under the Night is Alan Glynn's masterpiece. A wild, exciting ride through the secret history of America and a page-turning delight that grips tighter with each unfolding page. Glynn is a natural storyteller and an expert in generating tension, unease and dread. The best crime novel I've read this year. If you liked Limitless, you will love this.

Stav Sherez, author of The Intrusions
Critic Reviews

‘This pacy new thriller from Alan Glynn is every bit as exciting as his 2001 novel, Limitless, it’s a really strong follow up . . . The story is engaging from page one and it’s not only topical but totally gripping. This is a novel that can be read as a standalone but it cleverly meshes with the original story without any confusing crossover . . . Under the Night is grounded and all the more scary for its connection to the real world. The two strands of the story come together brilliantly in this original and seductive thriller, the ending is spot on.’

Nudge Books

Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he studied English Literature, and has worked in magazine publishing in New York and as an EFL teacher in Italy. His debut novel, The Dark Fields, was released in 2011 as the hit movie Limitless, which went to #1 on both sides of the Atlantic, and became a hit CBS…

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