Big If: A Novel
A scary, funny novel—a riff on recent history and the American obsession with assassination.It's winter in New Hampshire, the economy is booming, the vice president is running for president, and his Secret Service people are very, very tense. Meet Vi Asplund, a young Secret Service agent mourning her dead father. She goes home to New Hampshire to see her brother Jens, a computer genius who just might be going mad—and is poised to make a fortune on Big If, a viciously nihilistic computer game aimed at teenagers. Vi's America, as she sees it in the crowds, in her brother, and in her fellow agents, is affluent, anxious, and abuzz with vague fantasies of violence. Through a gallery of vivid characters—heroic, ignoble, or desperate—Mark Costello's hilarious novel limns the strategies, both sound and absurd, that we conjure to survive in daily life.
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Review: Big IfUser Review - Jack Waters - Goodreads
Mark Costello's hard-boiled political story tale as prescient and present today as it must have when it was published in 2002. I also think he was robbed of the National Book Award, a mere finalist to ... Read full review
Review: Big IfUser Review - Andy - Goodreads
A couple of intriguing premises, one involving a sort-or behind-the-scenes scenario at a computer game company and the other an inside look at a team of US Secret Service agents, compose a story which ... Read full review
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"Big If" by Mark Costello | Salon Books
A smart new novel about the folly of second-guessing the unexpected probes the minds and lives of Secret Service agents and computer programmers
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Big if by Mark Costello | librarything
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The Vice Squad - New York Times
BIG IF By Mark Costello. 315 pp. New York: ww Norton & Company. $24.95. ... His second novel, ''Big If,'' explores the American obsession with assassination ...
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Books - Portsmouth, NH
Now, if Big If had been about any one of these subjects it might have ... Instead, Big If seems like a few great storylines that never quite come together. ...
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Big If (Excerpt)
Big If. An excerpt. Vi had joined Protection out of New York station for a mix of cloudy reasons, most of which, in retrospect, seemed uninformed or ...
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The name of the book is Big If and it feels that every single character in the book, most explicitly the Secret Service agents in their protection of the ...
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identity theory | the narrative thread - mark costello
His second novel, Big If, has recently been published. ... You seemed to have taken lots of chances in Big If. How much of the story did you know when you ...
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Big If: by Mark Costello from Harcourt Trade Publishers
The personal lives of the Secret Service agents guarding the Vice may be the biggest obstacle to keeping this man safe as he runs for top dog in the nation
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Invece Mark Costello è un figo e, a distanza di dieci anni da Signifying Rappers, ha pubblicato Big If (Harcourt Brace & Company), un bellissimo romanzo che ...
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