Personal Effects: Dark Art

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Macmillan, Jun 9, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Want to try it yourself? Call the phone number shown on book's cover: 212-629-1951 and listen to the voicemail message for main character Zach Taylor.

Personal Effects follows the extensive notes of therapist Zach Taylor's investigation into the life and madness of Martin Grace, an accused serial killer who claims to have foreseen, but not caused, his victims' deaths. Zach's investigations start with interviews and art sessions, but then take him far from the hospital grounds—and often very far from the reality that we know.

The items among Grace's personal effects are the keys to understanding his haunted past, and finding the terrifying truth Grace hoped to keep buried:

• Call the phone numbers: you'll get a character's voicemail.

• Google the characters and institutions in the text: you'll find real websites

• Examine the art and other printed artifacts included inside the cover: if you pay attention, you'll find more information than the characters themselves discover Personal Effects, the ultimate in voyeuristic storytelling, represents a revolutionary step forward in changing the way people interact with novels.

 

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User Review  - CarloA - LibraryThing

A good experience, a fine tale and a real page-turner. The transmedia objects that come with the book (personal documents of one of the characthers) and link with online material and actual voicemail ... Read full review

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User Review  - omphalos02 - LibraryThing

Despite being fun to read (what with all the clues attached and the phone #'s and web sites to visit), the ending left me a little peeved with it's uncertainty. May be interested in another if the series continues, but really hoping for better resolution(s). Read full review

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J.C. HUTCHINS created the podcast trilogy 7th Son, listened to by over 40,000 people with over a million total downloads. He lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida. To market Steven Spielgberg's A.I., JORDAN WEISMAN conceived of a murder mystery played out across websites and through email messages, faxes, and voicemail boxes. The game had over three million participants and spawned the "alternate reality game" craze. In 2006, Weisman created Cathy's Book, a novel accompanied by receipts, photos, and other clues leading to numbers and websites that took readers into a groundbreaking multimedia experience. Weisman lives in Bellevue, Washington.

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