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Someone is playing mind games with a cyber genius in this “fiendishly inventive psychological thriller” by the author of Stolen (Lee Child).
Charlie Giles is at the top of his game. An electronics superstar, he’s sold his startup to a giant Boston firm, where he’s now senior director. He’s treated like a VIP everywhere he goes . . . until everything in Charlie’s neatly ordered world starts to go terrifyingly wrong.
Charlie’s mother is hospitalized, his prestigious job is in jeopardy, his inventions are wrenched away from him, and one by one, his former colleagues are being murdered. Every shred of evidence points to Charlie as a cold-blooded killer. And soon he is unable to tell whether he’s succumbed to the pressures of work and become the architect of his own destruction, or whether he’s the victim of a relentless, diabolical attack. Now he must save his own life—all the while realizing that nothing can be trusted, least of all his own fractured mind.
“Hits all the right notes. Terrific stuff.” —John T. Lescroart
“A high-speed thrill ride, filled with shocks and mind-bending twists.” —Tess Gerritsen
“Not just a great thriller debut, but a great thriller, period.” —Lee Child

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786031641
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 123,004
File size: 732 KB

About the Author

Daniel Palmer is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels, including Delirious and Desperate. After receiving his master's degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer before turning his attention to writing. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Palmer lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children. Visit him online at

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Monte eased himself out of his cozy bed, stretched while yawning, then crawled from underneath the expansive oak desk and lazily made his way over to Charlie. Charlie, leash in hand, looked down at his tricolored beagle and couldn't resist a smile.

"Who heard me getting his leash, huh?" Charlie asked, scratching Monte in his favorite place behind his ears.

With his tail wagging full speed, Monte looked longingly up at Charlie, his inky eyes pleading for a quick start to their morning walk. Charlie, who didn't even own a plant before he brought Monte home from the breeder, now couldn't imagine life without his faithful friend. Named after jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery, and in honor of his lifelong passion for the art form, Monte wouldn't have come to be had Charlie not been such a lousy boyfriend. It was Gwen, his last in a string of short-lived relationships, who suggested that Charlie's rigid routines and dislike of, as she put it, "messy emotions" made him a better candidate for a dog than a girlfriend. She packed up what few things she kept at his loft apartment, and on one rainy Saturday morning she was gone.

Charlie, who had left as many girlfriends as had left him, wasn't one to dwell on the past or wallow in self-pity. Instead, intrigued by her suggestion, Charlie spent the next several hours researching dog breeds on the Web, until he finally settled on the beagle. It was a good-size dog for an apartment, he reasoned. Short hair meant less shedding, tipping the scale away from the Labrador breed. He briefly contemplated a poodle, with its hair coat and cunning intellect, but couldn't get the image of the groomed poodle pouf out of his mind. He found a breeder only a few miles down the road, made a quick call, and minutes later was surrounded by a litter of feisty beagle puppies, each yipping for his attention.

Monte was an older dog and seemed to be above the attention-getting tactics of the young pups. He sat quietly in a corner of the breeder's living room while Charlie picked up and put down puppy after puppy.

"What about that one?" Charlie asked, pointing to the quiet dog in the corner.

"Him?" the breeder replied, somewhat incredulous. "I rescued that little one from the pound. They warned me he liked to chew on things, but I never figured he'd gnaw enough of my shoes to fill up a Dumpster. Still, he's been a good dog. You can tell by the eyes sometimes. The good ones, that is. We always hoped somebody would want to give him a home, but most of our clients are interested in the pups. Then again ..." Her voice trailed off.

"What?" Charlie asked.

"Well, I'm guessing that you're single, or you'd be here with somebody making this decision. And if you're single, you're probably working, maybe a lot. And I can see that you keep in shape, so I'm guessing you take good care of yourself and that takes time. Perhaps you're not really a puppy guy, after all. I mean, they are loads of extra work."

Charlie nodded as he took it all in. He wore his sandy brown hair in nearly a military crop, and his ice blue eyes were framed by oval, matte silver wire-rimmed glasses. Nothing about Charlie's appearance suggested he had the easygoing personality of a puppy man.

"Perhaps," was all he said.

"And if you're single and busy," the breeder continued, "an older dog might actually be best. He's only three, but that's a good age for a beagle, long past pup. Look, if you want that dog, he's yours. In fact, you'd be doing me a favor. He's a good boy, just a bit unruly is all."

Charlie glanced over at Monte, who, as if knowing their destinies were somehow linked, rose, walked over to him, and lay quietly at Charlie's feet. Charlie bent down to pet his new dog.

"Seems gentle enough to me," Charlie offered. Fifteen minutes, a modest fee, and a few signed papers later, Charlie and the soon-to-be-named Monte went outside for their first walk as guy and dog. Gwen would have been proud, impressed even, at Charlie's capacity to love and care for something other than Charlie. Monte's shedding turned out to be more endearing than it was annoying. It was a gentle reminder that he was sharing his life with another living being.

If anything, Monte taught Charlie that his capacity to love was far deeper than he had known, and if Gwen were at all interested in trying again, she might find a very different and a far more fulfilling relationship. But she had moved on, and Charlie had yet to find another woman who compared.

In the three years since adopting him, the only consistent part of Charlie's life had been Monte. His start-up electronics company had continued to grow at a frenetic pace until, after much courting, it was finally acquired by electronics giant SoluCent. As part of the acquisition deal, Charlie became a senior director at SoluCent and was then forced to shutter his office and move all operations east.

Both Charlie and Monte had grown accustomed to spending the workday together. As a result, Charlie was the only employee at SoluCent allowed to bring a dog to the office. As pets, per company policy, were prohibited on campus, those who had been vocal to HR about Charlie's special treatment had been told only that it was part of the acquisition deal and that a special provision had been worked into Charlie's employment contract, approved by SoluCent CEO Leon Yardley himself.

Since it was a widely held belief that Charlie's product and new department would be a significant boon to SoluCent's bottom line, and would fatten an already healthy stock price, that explanation proved satisfactory for most. Charlie, who stood six foot two, and Monte, who was all of fourteen inches high, were now as much a part of SoluCent as the carpeting upon which they walked. But as familiar a pair as they were, Monte was also a symbol to others that Charlie was not really one of them. He was special. And he was treated that way.

Eager for his morning walk, Monte let out a quiet, but excited yip a mere ten seconds before Charlie's Tag Heuer watch alarm and meeting reminder sounded. Apparently Monte's internal clock, Charlie marveled, had the same precision as a high-end timepiece. Charlie fixed the leash to Monte's collar and made his way along the carpeted corridors through a maze of quiet cubicles, on his way to the front entrance of the SoluCent Omni 2 building. His team would be waiting for him there, on time as always — just as he insisted.

Charlie had once prided himself on the anxiety and dread his Monday morning meetings inspired, mistaking fear for efficiency. Now there was not a member of his team who would deny that bringing Monte into the picture had lessened the intensity and anxiety of the Monday meetings. Lessened, though not eliminated. Not in the least. "What's good for the heart is good for the mind and that means good for business," Charlie had often explained to those curious about his team's ritual Monday morning group walk. But today business wasn't so good. No, it wasn't good at all.


The morning sun was high and bright in the cloudless sky. Monte made his trademark lunge for the bushes lining the front entrance walkway the moment they stepped outside. Charlie said a quick hello to his five senior managers waiting for him there. Before they were acquired, they were all VPs. But that was a smaller company. In the bloated corporate structure of SoluCent, Charlie was a director and they were senior managers. Sal, Barbara, and Tom were checking e-mail on their mobiles; Harry Wessner and Steve Campbell were stretching in the front parking lot. Everybody wore sneakers; they had grown accustomed to Charlie's athletic pace. Charlie's executive assistant, Nancy Lord, was there, too, giving Monte some much appreciated petting.

There had been doubt at first, at least from some, that combining the Monday executive team meeting with Monte's walk would be an effective use of time. To that Charlie had replied that a clear head from a brisk walk improved not only morale but decision making, too. Soon as Monte's business in the bushes was done, the five members of Charlie's Magellan Team set off at what Charlie believed to be about a fifteen-minute-mile pace. He'd keep accelerating that along the way. By the end of the walk they'd be closer to twelve-minute miles and they wouldn't even know it.

As was routine, Charlie waited until they were on the bike path, which bordered the campus, before starting the agenda. Here they were far enough from the main road to speak at a normal volume without being drowned out by the incessant traffic flow.

"Good morning, team," Charlie said. "I trust you all had a restful weekend and are ready for the week ahead."

Nancy Lord was the only one to nod. The rest were bleary-eyed and sweating out their stress. Working for Charlie meant that weekends were nothing more than days of the week. To keep pace with Charlie's demands and lofty expectations required sacrifices many would not be able to make — time being the most precious of all. The reward for those sacrifices, however, in bonuses alone, not counting stock, put all on the Magellan Team within an eyelash distance of what most would consider to be obscenely rich.

Monte kept the pace and walked a few yards ahead of the "pack."

"So," Charlie began. "Why don't you tell me about the Arthur Bean situation, Harry?"

Harry quickened his stride until he was walking alongside Charlie. The others fell behind but remained within earshot. They knew what was coming and that it wasn't going to be good for Harry. After all, Arthur Bean was his guy. He was a senior quality assurance engineer who posted source code on his blog as an invitation to his hacker friends to try and hack the InVision operating system, or OS — the "code" that made everything work. Bean remained convinced that several generations of the InVision product line had serious security loopholes that made the product susceptible to hackers. He had raised the issue to Harry, and Harry had brought it to Charlie's attention.

Charlie felt confident that the code was up to standard. Bean wasn't as convinced. When his pleas for greater attention had gone unanswered, he'd taken matters into his own hands. Charlie wasn't against Bean's commitment to quality. It was his methods he questioned. Authority on major rewrites of the OS was Charlie's alone. The InVision source code was as precious to Charlie as the eleven secret herbs and spices recipe was to KFC. You just didn't mess with it, no matter how good your intentions. Bean had done just that and, what was worse, had undermined Charlie's chain of command in the process. Not acceptable at all.

"Charlie, I know you're upset about what Bean did," Harry began.

"Upset doesn't really begin to cover it, Harry," Charlie said.

Harry nodded. "I understand," he said. "I'm just pointing out that Arthur Bean's friends ..."

"You mean his hacker buddies," Charlie corrected.

The pace of their walk left Harry struggling for breath. The escalating tension only made it worse. "You could say that," he managed to say.

Monte stopped to relieve himself. Charlie's team stopped as well, forming a ragged semicircle behind Harry. Charlie's face, they could now see, was red, and they knew it was from anger, not exertion.

"That's what they are. They're nothing more than a bunch of renegade hackers given access by our employee to parts of our source code by your man," replied Charlie.

Monte started to trot along the bike path again; Charlie followed and the others fell into step behind him.

"Only after Arthur felt he had exhausted all available channels," Harry offered, again having to quicken his step to keep pace.

"And what did Bean's collective uncover?" Charlie asked, though he knew the answer.

"A major flaw that we've corrected in rev six-point-one."

"Major flaw? As I understand it, that flaw at most could be used to change InVision's outside temperature reading," said Charlie. "Not really what I'd consider a serious shortcoming. Wouldn't you agree?"

Harry nodded. "I realize that," he said. "We made a change to the application code on account of Bean's report. And I did talk with Arthur about his approach."

"Perhaps talking isn't enough," Charlie said.

Harry fell behind Charlie at that one. The blog in itself had done little damage, and in fact a couple PR reports had highlighted the blog as an innovative user-community approach to coding. Charlie could have let it stand. But it meant allowing the Magellan Team's authority to be undermined. That was something he couldn't stand for. Process and authority had to be respected. If they weren't, future digressions were almost certain. It set an unacceptable precedent.

"I'm taking appropriate action," Harry said.

"Okay. Action, I like action. What kind of action are we talking about here?" Charlie asked.

"I've asked HR to reprimand him, and we've put him on program. That's how we're handling it."

"Doesn't feel like we're really 'handling it,' Harry," Charlie replied. "I agreed to sell our company to SoluCent so we could be better. A start-up company might let that incident go. We're the real deal now. And I'm sure Leon Yardley would back up that statement."

"Yes, I understand," Harry said. "But HR agreed it was negligent on Arthur's part to use his blog and connections in such a way. They're the ones who suggested I issue Mr. Bean a formal reprimand and put him on program."

"A formal reprimand and program doesn't send much of a message, does it? Every division of SoluCent needs to know how important our product is to the bottom line," Charlie said. "If that means we take swift and immediate action to correct a problem, then that's what it means."

"It's not that simple. There are some extenuating circumstances."

Charlie gritted his teeth.

Harry continued, "He and his wife have been, how do I say it ..."

"With words, Harry. Use words."

"They've been having marital troubles. Financial stress, mostly, from some bad investments. At least that's how he explained it to me."

"And that's my problem how?"

Charlie felt his stomach churn. How many times had people used family and personal issues as an excuse to overlook ineptitude and poor judgment? If he had used his schizophrenic brother and father and his absentee mother as crutches to justify his mistakes, he never would have graduated from high school, let alone earned an academic scholarship to MIT.

"Harry, I don't care if the bank is ready to take his house tomorrow. He crossed the line, and once is more than enough. His job is to manage software quality. Period. If he felt the only way to do that job effectively was to use our software as a playground for his devious crew of computer hacks, so be it. He can do that for another company. Does that make sense?"

"Yes, Charlie, but I'm sure he thought —"

"I don't care what he thought. I care what he did. He screwed up. As far as SoluCent is concerned, our product is basically out in the market, even though we're still in the pilot phase. Does that register with anyone? Pilot means test. They're testing production, testing distribution, testing select retail channels, testing consumer response. If this fails, if our resellers believe the product is severely deficient — which it isn't — SoluCent may lose some enthusiasm to bring InVision to market. Do you know what that means?"

Most now had drifted well behind Charlie and Harry and had to scamper to catch up. Charlie knew that his team respected him and hated to disappoint. Not to mention, they feared his wrath. But fear, Charlie had learned, also meant focus. Fear could be good. A tool even. And if Charlie sometimes had to use fear to inspire action, and that action brought them results, then so be it.

"It means InVision will be shelved. It means most of you will probably be let go. It means that if you want to go back to Silicon Valley, you'll have to pay your own way to relocate," he warned. "I was the one who convinced SoluCent that you were the key members of the Magellan Team, and if I was being relocated here, you'd have to come with me. If I'm gone, you're gone. Who do you care more about, Harry? You and your family, or Mr. Bean and his bad debt?"

Charlie stopped walking. Sal and Harry had to put their hands on their knees to catch their breath. Monte absently poked his nose into the grass and walked behind a tree. No matter how much he paid these executives, Charlie knew they could never emulate the pride and passion he felt for InVision. After all, could a neighbor love a child as much as its parent did? And InVision was no ordinary child. It was his child — his golden child. It was the 4.0 student, varsity in three sports, with a long-ball arm capable of bringing college recruiters tears of joy. It was a prodigy violinist, the dazzling head cheerleader. Charlie was aware of the subtle jabs at his devotion from colleague and competitor alike, and he welcomed them. He knew the whispers were no different than those of envious parents, jealous of the accomplishments of the child next door.


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Delirious 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Massachusetts, software engineer Charlie Giles, who works at SoluCent, develops InVision, a quantum technical leap ahead in automobile entertainment systems. Charlie is excited as the firm's top management arranges to meet with General Motors on a deal to standardize InVision in their cars. However, he is stunned when a SoluCent employee Anne Pedersen informs Charlie that his boss Jerry Schmidt will nix the GM deal. Fuming and out of control, Giles crashes into an executive meeting where he confronts Schmidt. Thinking his employee is insane; Schmidt insists he supports the deal with GM. Giles apologizes but explains marketing employee Anne Pedersen fed him the crap. Charlie is shocked when he learns no Pederson works for the firm. In spite of his creative skills, he is fired. Meanwhile Giles fears he suffers from mental illness just like his father and brother. His trepidation being besieged by his failing mind is further exasperated when he finds a note written by him naming those SoluCent executives who must die. He wonders if he needs to join his sibling in a ward lock up before he hurts someone; that is if has hasn't already. This is a super psychological thriller that enables the reader to get inside the apparent sick mind of a brilliant technician who fears he has become as Delirious as his family and ergo a dangerous threat to others. The story line focuses on Giles' deteriorating mental state leaving the audience to wonder what is real and what did he imagine as real. Although the climax is a major let down for such an otherwise strong thriller, mindful of the Hoffman movie Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? fans will appreciate Daniel Palmer's exciting spotlight on mental health. Harriet Klausner
Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
I have always been a huge fan of new authors because it can open a whole new world to us the readers and find that new talent that is sure to be a super star writer. So I go out of my way to find these rising stars and make sure I give them a try, because most of the time to get to the point where they get published in this world of very tough standards it has to be special to have made it to the finished product. Delirious is one of those books from new comer Daniel Palmer and I was glad I had the honor to get my hands on an advanced readers copy to read before it is released around the 25th of the new year. I have found over the years sometimes it takes a couple books for the author to really settle in and become a very good writer. Not this time! Daniel Palmer has hit a home run at his first at bat!!!!! Delirious is a HUGE thriller that starts with a slam against the wall and holds you so tight in its grip you can not and will not put it down. He has taken thrillers to a completely different place that had me mesmerized from the 1st page. It takes you into the world of high tech corporate America and a family that has some serious mental health problems. One of two brothers has escaped the illness that destroyed his father and brother. He immersed himself in his education and becomes one of the most gifted people in the consumer electronics industry. In a partnership with another genius they invent and develop the greatest new addition in the car computerized intelligence system, light years ahead of anything on the market. After being bought out by a huge company it comes to the point where he is still running that end of the business and getting ready to finally put this new system into production that will shatter and change for ever the car industry. His world falls apart and he believes that the haunting past of his father and brother has caught up with him as his mind can no longer comprehend what is happening to him he ends up in the same hospital lock down that his brother has been in. This story is a white knuckle hold me down thriller of a whole different breed. The twist and turns are so many you have to stop and catch a breath and try and figure out what just happened in front of your eyes. Everything points to him losing his mind and becoming a vicious killer and he knows the only way to find the truth is staying free. What a ride. I pride my self on being able to have some idea of where the story is going, boy was I wrong. Daniel Palmer has taken the word thriller to a whole new meaning. This is not the common themed thriller we have become so used to, it writes a whole new line to the definition. One that will be remembered for years to come. This is by far one of the greatest debut novels I have had the pleasure to read and am already waiting for the next one. Mr. Plamer takes what could be the every day existence of anyone in the world and takes that and turns it upside down and shakes it till you are believing everything is crazy.One of the most original and by far the best thrillers to come by in a long time. This is a must read for all thriller fans and a great book to sit inside the house this winter and get lost in a world that will not let you go till the very last page. This writer has taken the gene to a whole different level with a completely refreshing story that is so different from the normal thrillers we have come to enjoy as the mainstay of the industury. DO not miss this diffrent thrill
BishopMSS More than 1 year ago
Definitely! Keep you on the edge of your seat.
mobchick16 More than 1 year ago
i have to give it credit, its a wonderfully written book and im sure if i got more into it, it would be better but to be honest the book bored me. he talked about his fog and his work, which is hard to get into, maybe im. not old enough for this yet.
BookReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
Okay, ya'll know I love to do honest opinions but HATE giving bad reviews. So, my honest opinion is this: this novel, this debut, by a surely talented author, was okay. Simply okay. But, that is just this one reader's opinion. I can't really pinpoint what it was lacking for me. The characters were great, the plot line was very intriguing. But, there was just something missing. That being said, I will not discourage anyone from reading this. The psychological, edge-of -your-seat thrills is definitely there, if you love that kind of novel. The use of the language is there as well, but if you love this kind of novel, it would be easy to over look. All in all, this is a 3 star novel that I encourage everyone to try. It just wasn't my taste. I know that there are lots of readers out there who will sit down, open this debut novel, and be so completely pulled in, they will feel a part of the plot as if Daniel Palmer wrote it for them!
Lynie More than 1 year ago
Charlie Giles and his partner created software for an automobile entertainment system. Following his partner's suicide, Charlie's company was purchased by SoluCent and he continues to work on his software in his new capacity with them. SoluCent is on the cusp of selling InVision to GM which will make Charlie wealthy beyond his dreams. Approached by Anne Pedersen, a SoluCent employee, he learns that his boss is going to veto the GM sale. When he confronts Jerry Schmidt in a high level meeting, everything begins to go awry. He's suddenly out of a job, his mother has suffered a stroke and he's forced to move in with his schizophrenic brother. When Charlie begins to evidence symptoms of the same disease, is he just paranoid or is someone really out to get him? DELIRIOUS is muddled, drawn out and has a seriously disappointing ending despite Mr. Palmer's intriguing storyline in this debut novel. Lynn Kimmerle
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Charlie Giles is a self-made electronics genius whose company was purchased by a larger company and he finds out from a seemingly concerned co-worker that they are not going with his product (a digital entertainment center for cars) and kick him out. When he confronts upper management, they think he is nuts. Schizophrenia runs in his family (his brother has it). Charlie begins to wonder if he is nuts or is some trying to make him nuts. Then people involved with getting him fired start dying. Is Charlie having blackouts or is it something else. Daniel Palmer has written a strong thriller that keeps you riveted. Although, I figured out some of it, I enjoyed this novel.
TakeMeAway More than 1 year ago
Delirious is the perfect name for this psychological thriller from author, Daniel Palmer -- engrossed, thrilled, and in a frenzy to find out where the story was headed, I read this book late into the night and didn't want to put it down! The author did such a fantastic job putting this story together. I spent the entire reading experience completely enthralled by what was happening and determined to read more so I could figure out what was going on. One of the things I really appreciated about this book was the mental health aspect. It fit so perfectly into the story and added such an interesting dimension to the regular thriller. I also learned a little about musicogenic epilepsy, when a song triggers a seizure, that was fascinating. Palmer maintained a level of suspense that was well done and didn't seem forced at all. This book has also been referred to as "techno-savvy". I would say that's a fairly accurate description. I think I feared that it would be drenched in technological terms that would distract from the reading, but it wasn't like that at all, and really gave me some things to think about! Will cause delirium!! =) (parts taken from my blog, Take Me Away)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was great and the characters very believeable. The story was new...not one that has been written over and over. Charlie was an impoortant part of a major company when his job was swept from him. He suspects that some one is framing him for murder. He is questioned for murder and finds unexpexcted help from his schizophrenic brother and the brother's psychiatrist. It is a very interesting book with a lot of action.
Paige Perreault More than 1 year ago
this book will keep you interested from begining to end. brilliantly written and definitely a suspensful thriller. love this book!
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie is a very successful electronics inventor until he listens to a co worker and then all hell breaks loose. Through twits and what not, Charlie finds him self rock-bottom into a psychiatric hospital. Now comes the fun part in this thriller/suspense mystery. Is someone after Charlie? Could it be this Eddie we read about at the very beginning but never hear from again? What about this brother of his? The author has done an excellent job of making the reader stay on the edge of your seat wanting to know what is going to happen next. He makes you think about what if and could some of these things really happen and want about our past with technology? You will have to read the book to find out.
bsiemens on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed everything about _Delirious_. The portrayal of Charlie Giles as a cutthroat executive in the Information Technology sector was spot on. I loved how Daniel Palmer weaved in the family dynamics of mental illness. I couldn't stop reading when the mounting, strange coincidences forced Charlie to question whom he could trust. As he said, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you." This is the best psychological thriller that I've read all year.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What if you knew there was a roughly 50/50 chance you'd get a life-threatening mental illness that would destroy everything you'd achieved in your life? How would you cope with that?Charlie Giles is your basic self-centered techno yuppie - the marketing end of a duo whose technical half created InVision and took the company to a multi-billion dollar acquisition. So a few people got hurt along the way - the ends justify the means, right? For anyone who labored in the vineyards of the dot com boom and bust Charlie and his milieu will be quite familiar. What makes Delirious fun and different is that he's plopped right smack down in the middle of an intelligent debut techno-thriller.Charlie Giles may have found success, fortune, and power, but he's running from some family secrets - one of which could lose him everything he has. His brother's schizophrenia has had life-altering effects on Charlie's life and that of his family. The sure knowledge that having a sibling with schizophrenia makes it significantly more likely that you will have schizophrenia hangs over Charlie's life like an axe. It's just one of the secrets that make him vulnerable and it's fun to watch Mr. Palmer take his life apart in this great debut thriller. A smart, entertaining read with some interesting twists and turns along the way.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, ya'll know I love to do honest opinions but HATE giving bad reviews. So, my honest opinion is this: this novel, this debut, by a surely talented author, was okay. Simply okay. But, that is just this one reader's opinion. I can't really pinpoint what it was lacking for me. The characters were great, the plot line was very intriguing. But, there was just something missing.That being said, I will not discourage anyone from reading this. The psychological, edge-of -your-seat thrills is definitely there, if you love that kind of novel. The use of the language is there as well, but if you love this kind of novel, it would be easy to over look.All in all, this is a 3 star novel that I encourage everyone to try. It just wasn't my taste. I know that there are lots of readers out there who will sit down, open this debut novel, and be so completely pulled in, they will feel a part of the plot as if Daniel Palmer wrote it for them!
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Easy read and well written! I was extremely impressed and kept turning the pages. I highly recommend this novel! You will not be disppointed!
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