Limitless was previously published as The Dark Fields, was adapted for film and inspired the CBS television series of the same name.
A burnout at thirty-five, months behind on his book, low on cash, and something of a loser, Eddie Spinola could use a shot in the arm. One day he randomly runs into Vernon, his ex-wife’s brother, and his ex-dealer. Now employed by a shadowy pharmaceutical company, Vernon has something that might help: a new designer drug that stimulates brain function. One pill and Eddie is hooked. His book is finished within days; he learns and synthesizes information at a frightening rate; and he can go a long time without sleep or food. Naturally, he begins to play the stock market. But when Vernon turns up dead, Eddie makes off with the only stash of the drug in existence. Then come the side effects: black-outs, blinding headaches, and violent outbursts he can’t seem to remember.
Alan Glynn’s Limitless is a high-concept thriller for this Adderall age, and a haunting meditation on the allure and the curse of human potential.”
‘Ingenious . . . This modern morality play is told with style and assurance’ – Washington Post
‘A compulsive chemical thriller’ – San Francisco Chronicle
‘Glynn’s sustained, rapid-fire pace hurls readers headfirst toward a gripping conclusion . . . The reader remains riveted to Eddie’s fate in this impeccably imagined and executed debut’ – Publishers Weekly
‘A high-finance thriller about a wonder street-drug that turns people into supercomputers, this debut . . . glitters with a carnival of effects . . . Undeniably clever and hip’ – Kirkus Review
‘A slick, impressive beginning for Glynn, a kicky speedball of pharmaceutical sci-fi and cutting-edge science laced with a keen understanding of Manhattan social mores and Wall Street argot’ – Palm Beach Post
‘A stunning assured and stylish international debut thriller . . . Highly recommended’ – Irish Independent
‘Fast, clever and horrifying’ – Daily Mail
‘Full of energy and bile, and as moral as you want it to be’ – Literary Review
‘As a study of human contrariness and greed, it would be hard to beat Alan Glynn’s astonishing debut . . . An addictive read and a fascinating illustration of the human need to self-destruct’ – Irish Tatler