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Improbable (Paperback)

Author:  Adam Fawer
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 006073678X
ISBN-13: 9780060736781
Sku: 31248234
Publish Date: 2/1/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.5H x 4L x 1T
Pages:  447
Age Range:  NA
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'It's fifty to you, Caine. In or out?'||David Caine could hear the worlds but he couldn't respond; his nose wouldn't let him. (from the first line)
David Caine, a compulsive gambler plagued by crippling epileptic seizures, gets more than he bargained for while testing an experimental medicine. Unsure whether he's perceiving an alternate reality or suffering a psychotic breakdown, Caine discovers that powerful forces want him for their own. Features a lenticular cover.
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Working underground poker clubs, epileptic gambler David Caine suffers his worst seizure after a costly miscalculation and agrees to test an experimental medication, but when he begins to experience bizarre visions, he embarks on a dangerous quest for survival alongside a rogue woman CIA assassin. A first novel. Reprint.Working underground poker clubs, epileptic gambler David Caine suffers his worst seizure after a costly miscalculation and agrees to test an experimental medication, but when he begins to experience bizarre visions, he embarks on a dangerous quest for survival alongside a rogue woman CIA assassin. A first novel. Reprint.

From a brilliant new talent comes a riveting novel of chance, fate, and numbers, and one man's strange journey past the boundaries of the possible.

David Caine inhabits a world of obsession, rich rewards, and rapid, destructive downfalls. A compulsive gambler and brilliant mathematician prone to crippling epileptic seizures, he possesses the uncanny ability to calculate odds of any hand in the blink of an eye. But one night at an underground poker club, Caine makes a costly mi scalculation, sending his life spinning out of control. Desperate, he agrees to test an experimental drug with unnerving side effects: inexplicable visions of the past, present, and future. Unsure whether he's perceiving an alternate reality or suffering a psychotic breakdown, Caine embarks on a journey that stretches beyond the possible into the world of the improbable. Gradually, he discovers the extent of his astonishing new ability -- but powerful, shadowy forces know Caine's secret. Now Caine must fight for his survival -- and his sanity . . .

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David Caine is a former statistics lecturer and current gambling addict with a lightning ability to calculate the probability of each hand in a poker game. That's why he's perfectly placed to understand just what's happened to him when an experimental drug intended to treat his epilepsy grants him the ability to see all possible futures. Unfortunately, several foreign and domestic intelligence agencies also understand the implications, and are very anxious to get their hands on Caine. Also unfortunately, Caine realizes that there's a good possibility that the new drug has made him psychotic, not psychic, leaving him as deluded as his twin brother, a diagnosed schizophrenic. What's real? What's true? What's probable? Caine must answer these questions if he is to keep his body and mind intact. This thriller is the fiction debut of a corporate executive with degrees in both economics and statistics.

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Publishers Weekly
"[A]ction-packed....[C[ompelling." 11/29/2004
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Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0447
Product attributePublisher:   HarperTorch
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