Zodiac

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Zodiac, the brilliant second novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the The Baroque Cycle and Snow Crash, is now available from Grove Press. Meet Sangamon Taylor, a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt from the can to Scotch on the rocks. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evilÑall too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places. Before long TaylorÕs house is bombed, his every move followed, heÕs adopted by reservation Indians, moves onto the FBIÕs most wanted list, makes up with his girlfriend, and plays a starring role in the near-assassination of a presidential candidate. Closing the case with the aid of his burnout roommate, his tofu-eating comrades, three major networks, and a range of unconventional weaponry, Sangamon Taylor pulls off the most startling caper in Boston Harbor since the Tea Party.
 

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Neil Stephenson has matured as a writer, and it didn't take much effort to realize that this book predates Snow Crash, but is obviously better than The Big U, at least according to the impression I get of his first book. Still, as a Stephenson aficionado I feel obligated to read all his works, starting from the earliest, so The Big U it is. (It's a good thing I’m not an Isaac Asimov aficionado.)
Next book I read, I'm going to keep a stack of Post-It-Notes handy so that I can tag and later list out all the typos I find. Because Zodiac sure was full of them. The writing style decayed a bit towards the last several chapters. I have no complaints about the story, though, as implausible as it may seem, which would have (and still would) make a great movie.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
15
Chapter 3
21
Chapter 4
27
Chapter 5
39
Chapter 6
48
Chapter 7
55
Chapter 8
62
Chapter 20
161
Chapter 21
173
Chapter 22
187
Chapter 23
199
Chapter 24
205
Chapter 25
212
Chapter 26
218
Chapter 27
227

Chapter 9
70
Chapter 10
76
Chapter 11
84
Chapter 12
92
Chapter 13
104
Chapter 14
109
Chapter 15
115
Chapter 16
127
Chapter 17
139
Chapter 18
147
Chapter 19
153
Chapter 28
234
Chapter 29
241
Chapter 30
251
Chapter 31
259
Chapter 32
268
Chapter 33
276
Chapter 34
284
Chapter 35
292
Chapter 36
301
Chapter 37
314
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About the author (2007)

Neal Stephenson is the author of the best-selling Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac.

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