Rule of Capture

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Harper Voyager
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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher Brown's debut novel Tropic of Kansas was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and he was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. His short fiction and criticism has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including MIT Technology Review, LitHub, and The Baffler. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he also practices law.


"This one is fresh, intelligent, and emotional, with a plot that envisions an alternate reality hard to dismiss as unreal. It's a legal thriller, with a big twist, stirring and imaginative, brimming with skullduggery, that will have you asking: is this possible?"
-- New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

"A kind of madcap Texas Gothic dark comedy, as the Houston good ole boy network is displayed like a courtroom scene in an unpublished Hunter S Thompson novel [...] It moves rocketing along at a ferocious pace--and then it lingers, haunting you." -- Cory Doctorow, for BoingBoing

"Christopher Brown looks to be cornering the market on future dystopias...'Rule of Capture' is not just sci-fi, it's also a legal thriller. Its author is himself a lawyer, just like John Grisham, and he has a grip on detail that full-time sci-fi authors can't match." -- Wall Street Journal

"RULE OF CAPTURE is a taut, smart legal thriller set five minutes into the future in a dystopian post-war America that looks scarily plausible from the vantage point of 2019, and marks Brown as one of our most tuned-in science fiction writers." -- Adrian McKinty, Edgar and Ned Kelly Award-winning author of THE CHAIN and RAIN DOGS

"Peel back the dystopian and science fiction layers of this fast moving and entertaining story, and what remains is a smart, taut legal thriller bound to keep readers turning pages deep into the night." -- Robert Bailey, bestselling author of the McMurtrie & Drake legal thriller series

"Interpersonal drama fuels the story as much as legal maneuvering, and Brown keeps tight control of his narrative even as this alternate America slips its gears." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This dark, dystopian story will appeal equally to readers of John Grisham and Cory Doctorow." -- Booklist

"[P]ut this one on the shelf next to Orwell." -- Locus Magazine

"An exhilarating, all too real journey into a scary place, where the fall of democracy is sure to be streamlined: the courts. Chris Brown's frenetic prose will keep you turning the pages, make you laugh, and fill you with horror--it's the long awaited, judicial dystopian thriller for our times." -- Fernando Flores, author of Tears of the Trufflepig

"Compelling, timely, and disturbing, Brown's expertly crafted legal drama asks a number of tough questions: when the collapse comes, what role will you play? Will you be complicit? Will you stand and fight? Or will you carry on, business as usual? And perhaps more urgently: has that collapse already started?" -- Tim Maughan, author of Infinite Detail

"If this first installment is any indication, I will buy the others the day they appear on shelves, mute my phone, and cancel all appointments for the next couple of days." -- Lone Star Literary

"A sharp, no-holds-barred view into a desperate future that is terrifyingly close to our present. This is the stuff of which today's nightmares are made." -- Eileen Gunn, author of Questionable Practices

"RULE OF CAPTURE is a smart and stirring political thriller set in a dystopian America that feels like an unsettling version of our own waiting in the shadows. Brown's world is deeply immersive, his concepts richly realized, his themes sweeping but centering on the imperative and cost of resisting tyranny." -- Craig DiLouie, author of Our War

"[A] captivating page turner ripped from tomorrow's headlines." -- Gavin J. Grant, Stoker Award-winning author and editor

"Magnificent." -- Jack Womack, author of Random Acts of SenselessViolence and Ambient

"Read this! A dark, funny novel of homegrown revolution, constitutional crisis, & edgelands biology [deponent affirms he could not stop reading]" -- Endless Bookshelf

"I can't remember a legal thriller having made me cry before--though I suppose terrifyingly near-future compassionate dystopian SF is another story. Rule of Capture is both." -- The Mossy Skull