Inspired by real CIA operations, the riveting novel of a fraying CIA analyst who conducts secret mind-control experiments and the young agent who, years later, uncovers the appalling legacy of the program and the people destroyed by it.
Scott O'Conner - Half World
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
Join Green Apple Books at the Glass Door Gallery on Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. to hear Scott O'Connor reading from his newest book, Half World!
From its official sanction in 1953 to its shutdown in 1973, the CIA clandestinely conducted methods of mind control on unwitting American and Canadian citizens. This covert and illegal operation, Project MKUltra, eventually made national headlines upon the declassification of thousands of documents in 2001.
Inspired by these events, Scott O’Connor’s Half World is the story of Henry March, a fraying CIA analyst who conducts secret mind-control experiments in San Francisco. With each passing day, Henry’s existence becomes a nightmare, his identity withering as he works over the hapless men lured into his facility.
"[O'Connor] compels the reader to inhabit his characters' lives. Half World is a stunningly grim and emotionally harrowing read and an astute and evocative portrayal of government paranoia during the Cold War and Vietnam War eras.” — Booklist (starred review)
"An invigorating historical thriller…Intimately gripping…O'Connor writes with fire." — Kirkus Reviews
"Fascinating…O'Connor is a gifted stylist, and he vividly captures the rabbit hole that swallows agents, their families, and their victims alike." — Library Journal
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 18th, 2014