The Shamshine Blind


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Atria Books
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6.29 X 9.38 X 1.12 inches | 1.02 pounds
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About the Author

Paz Pardo is an Argentine-American award-winning playwright and novelist. She received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship. Raised in America, she currently lives in Argentina. The Shamshine Blind is her first novel. Find out more at


"In this fiercely intelligent and utterly original debut, Paz Pardo creates an alternate reality that speaks with eerie accuracy to our contemporary anxieties and conflicts. A page-turning mystery, a moving love story, and a technological thriller in one, The Shamshine Blind imagines a world where emotions have become deadly weapons, and a tenacious detective must reckon with her own past in order to find a way through." --Anna North, New York Times bestselling author of Outlawed
"The Shamshine Blind is a deadpan hilarious allegory for our times, in the classic style of Philip K. Dick and the other great social satirists of science fiction -- full of heart and sharp as a razor." --Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry for the Future
"Dark, witty, and wonderfully speculative . . . The Shamshine Blind reimagines the United States as a scarily familiar shadow of itself, a place where nothing can be trusted -- not even your own feelings. A rip-roaring, beautifully crafted mash-up of cop noir, sci-fi, and alt-history that left me dazzled by its prescience and literary zing." --Leah Hampton, author of F*ckface
"Combining an alternate-history police procedural of the highest stakes with an examination of the authenticity of feelings in a world where emotions can literally be manufactured, The Shamshine Blind is inventive, suspenseful, and heartfelt." --Jane Pek, author of The Verifiers
"This science-fictional noir...brings a new twist to both parts of its equation, with the mystery and all its delicious red herrings set in a world not quite like the present...Highly recommended." --Library Journal (starred review)
"High, high concept meets classic detective fiction... A heady, deep-dyed debut that suggests more thought-provoking work to come." --Kirkus
"The blend of mystery, sci fi, and alternative history works well to create a completely new and fascinating read. Telling the tale in the mode of noir with naturally subtle world building pulls the reader right into the setting of the story." --Booklist
"A heady mix of high-concept speculative fiction, alternative history, and hardboiled detective fiction. Pardo's novel is full of wit and wild invention and is sure to leave readers wanting more." --CrimeReads
"Super intriguing." --LitHub
"[An] appealingly strange novel. Pardo pulls off a difficult feat, delivering a novel that's both topical and entertaining."--San Francisco Chronicle