A Conspiracy of Tall Men

A Conspiracy of Tall Men

Book - 1999
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Linus Owen is a young professor of conspiracy theory at a small college just outside San Francisco. He teaches graduate-level classes on JFK and gives seminars on magic-bullet theories and how the symbols on the dollar bill reveal the presence of a secret government that is leading the world to ruin.
Linus' marriage is foundering and his wife, Claudia, an up-and-coming advertising executive, has gone to Chicago to visit her mother. But if Claudia is in Chicago, how is it that two FBI agents show up at Linus' office and inform him that Claudia has been killed in a plane crash on her way from New York to Brazil? And why did a man named Jeffrey Holden, the vice president of a major pharmaceutical company, buy her ticket and die beside her?
Enlisting the aid of Edward and Roy -- his friends and fellow conspiracy theorists -- Linus heads across the country in search of answers. Along the way, the trio encounters a legion of disturbing and provocative characters and clues, including an irascible talk show host, a mind-controlling drug, and art emerging link between Claudia's ad agency and the U.S, Government. As their journey progresses, it becomes frighteningly clear they've left the realm of the academic and are tangled up in a dangerous, multilayered cover-up. Finally, deep in the heart of the American desert, stunned by an ominous revelation, Linus sees he has a new minion: to try to stay alive.
With writing that is electric, whip-smart and suspenseful at each turn, Noah Hawley draws us into a deliciously labyrinthine world of paranoia and plots.
Publisher: New York :, Pocket Books,, 1999.
ISBN: 9780671038243
0671038249
Branch Call Number: FIC HAWL
Characteristics: 1 volume

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altybiz
Nov 08, 2018

Was originally drawn to this book because of the promising combo of sci fi and conspiracies. But I stayed engrossed because of the building of layer upon layer of twists and turns. Even the ending surprised me. A very good read. I'll have to read more of his writing.

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KlayDyer
Aug 30, 2018

Complicated and, at times, convoluted. Absolutely. Winding and bordering on paranoid at times. Certainly. But what do you expect from a novel that focuses on a group of left-wing conspiracy theorists/fanatics as they engage their network across the country to try to solve the mysterious death of the beautiful wife of Linus Owen, a young professor of conspiracy. As the group head (inevitably?) for the Nevada desert, they realize that theory does, in fact, translate into realities that are dangerous, dark, and full of real-world boogeymen.

However heavy and mechanical this book might want to become, Hawley's writing keeps it crisp and fluid. With a great ear for dialogue (a nod to his success as a writer for television, perhaps) and a natural inclination toward sarcasm and wit, Hawley succeeds in creating a book that is intriguing, immensely readable, and just plausible enough to be almost-close-enough to be true.

And those lights that you can see in the dead of night if you happen to be watching from the hills overlooking Area 51? Nothing but atmospheric disturbances. Trust me.

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burroak
Jul 22, 2018

I liked The Punch and The Good Father so was looking forward to this book. It was a long, hard read to nothing. Maybe a condensed version would be more palatable.

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KlayDyer
Aug 29, 2018

I'm a man who's memorized so many seven-digit numbers he no longer remembers which way is clockwise.

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KlayDyer
Aug 29, 2018

Paranoia is caused by a chemical imbalance. Suspicion is a sign of rational thinking.

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