BLACKBOX: A Novel in 840 Chapters

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Harper Collins, Sep 16, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Cross a road, take a train, or get on an airplane and you put your life in the hands of a stranger -- every bit as screwed up, every bit as fallible and as human as you are. Then the person turns out not to be a stranger at all, and suddenly it's much worse.

In America and Britain and the sky in between, an apparently disparate group of people is connected, whether intimately or by chance, to the tragic death of a stowaway on board flight AF266.

As the action veers across countries and time zones, the stowaway's real identity is revealed through stolen black box recordings, answering machine messages, sitcom outtakes, and court transcripts. Told in a shifting, circular narrative, the interwoven lives make up a jolting and layered puzzle that builds to a heart-stopping, chilling climax.

An intelligent and invigorating novel with a bizarre menu of dysfunctional characters, Blackbox is the story of an attempt to erase a life on tape.


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This is the complex and highly entertaining account of a group of people connected by a tragic event aboard an aeroplane in the 1970s. Some are connected directly to the event, others more tenuously ... Read full review

Blackbox: a novel in 840 chapters

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A review of a first novel in nine sentences. 9.) While the numbers of the chapters tick off in inevitable sequence from 840 to 1, the story, which only gradually reveals itself to be about an ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Nick Walker is a writer and performer with Talking Birds, a UK mixed-media production company. He lives under a flight path in Coventry, England.

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