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A Man of Shadows

“This superb novel of light, glass and blood proves again that Jeff Noon is one of our few true visionaries.”
Warren Ellis

In a city divided into zones of perpetual Day, Night and Dusk, a lowly private eye attempts to save a teenage girl from the evil forces that seek to destroy her.

File Under: Science Fiction [ A Man Out of Time | Not Alone | Like Quicksilver | Into the Dusk ]

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Below the neon skies of Dayzone – where the lights never go out, and night has been banished – lowly private eye John Nyquist takes on a teenage runaway case. His quest takes him from Dayzone into the permanent dark of Nocturna.

As the vicious, seemingly invisible serial killer known only as Quicksilver haunts the streets, Nyquist starts to suspect that the runaway girl holds within her the key to the city’s fate. In the end, there’s only one place left to search: the shadow-choked zone known as Dusk.

Series Nyquist Mysteries

A Man of Shadows


Jeff Noon

Publication date

01 Aug 2017

Cover Art Will Staehle

1st August 2017 | 9780857666710 | Epub & Mobi | RRP £5.49 / US$6.99 / CAN $7.99

US Print

1st August 2017 | 9780857666703 | Trade Paperback | RRP US$14.99 CAN$16.99

UK Print

3rd August 2017 | 9780857666697 | Paperback | RRP £8.99

Goodreads URL Discuss and review A Man of Shadows

“A disturbing and bizarre journey by one of the great masters of weird fiction.”
– Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time

“Every Jeff Noon novel is a wonderful, precious thing. These are bad times, and we need him more than ever.”
– Dave Hutchinson, British Science Fiction Association Award-winning author of the Europe series

“Style has always been Noon’s strongest suit, and in creating the varied cityscapes of A Man of Shadows, his talent for hallucinatory imagery has found a perfect match. This book is absolutely drenched in arresting visuals.”
Sam Reader for The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

“Manchester’s delirious prophet returns with scripture written in shadow and light.”
– Kieron Gillen, co-creator of The Wicked + The Divine

“Noon has written a kaleidoscopic noir novel of dizzying dream logic.”
Publishers Weekly

“[Noon’s] prose takes you to weird and scary places other novelists don’t go – a reminder why he’s so revered.”
SFX magazine

“A fever dream of a tale about light, darkness, family, loss and time.”
Scott Whitmore, Writer

“I highly recommend this book as it’s very well done, with an interesting story, good characters, and original ideas.”
Helen’s Bookshelf

Chicago Review of Books

“Surreal, dazzling, unusual and extraordinary – A Man Of Shadows will haunt you for a long time after turning that last page.”
Liz Loves Books

“I loved the book so much its going in my must read again pile. 5/5*”
The Dreamland Bookshelf

“I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would have recommended it just for the amazing world-building alone, however having fantastic characters and an excellent plot means that this is definitely a novel worth reading.”

“Weird and creepy and very engaging.”
Shadows of the Apt

“[Noon’s] prose takes you to weird and scary places other novelists don’t go – a reminder why he’s so revered.”
SFX: Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine

“There’s a lot of imagination infused in the dime-store detective facade that brings complexities conceived through clever concepts and well thought-out plot devices which make A Man of Shadows a joy to read.”
Just A Guy That Likes To Read

A Man of Shadows is a quite extraordinary novel. Its world building is absolutely fantastic – intricate, complex, moody and disturbingly real. Dayzone and Nocturna are brilliantly visualised and would have been sufficiently impressive on their own but the skill of Jeff Noon astounds even further with his treatment of time.
For Winter Nights

Praise for Jeff Noon

Winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award 1994 for Vurt, listed in Lesher’s Best Novels of The Nineties [Vurt]
Winner of the 1995 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

“Noon is the Lewis Carroll of Manchester’s housing estates: eccentric, surreal, and ready to take everything to its most absurd conclusion. In Noon’s stories the cocktail of alienation, narcotics and gadgetry fizzes with energy.”
The Times

“To say that Jeff Noon is a talented author is like saying that Neil Armstrong has travelled a bit.”
Starburst magazine

“Noon is a fiercely urban writer. [He] reflects the energy of the rave generation: the hammer and  twist of the music, the language of the computer games addict and the buzz of technology.”
– New Statesman

“In his work, Noon ambitiously, constantly and effectively stretches the limits of language by creating completely innovative and new ways of telling stories, not just in terms of ideas but in the words themselves’
– City Life

“Noon’s blend of quirky ideas, striking prose and imaginative characterisations establishes him as one of the most original voices in imaginative fiction.”
– Booklist

“A punk Aldous Huxley stringing together images and oddities to assemble an apocalyptic dreamworld.”

“Energetic and unconventional… A counter-culture adventurer.”

“Manchester’s answer to William Gibson”
Select Magazine

“Let’s call him the first of the psychedelic fantasists.”
– Time Out

“A writer who has managed to develop a very individual voice, mixing often lyrical dream-like language with the harshness of his image of a future society.”
– The Times

“Jeff Noon’s books are so good they should come with a government warning.”
– Jockeyslut

“A virtual wonderland.”
– Vanity Fair

“Humorous, horrific and wildly original… an imaginative masterpiece.”
– Library Journal

“Observes most of the conventions of cyberpunk fiction [yet] its imagery is insistently organic, and owes more to the underground pharmacology of the rave scene than to the world of hard wired chips and user interface.”
– New Yorker

“Intriguingly textured, reliably witty and inventive, Noon’s whirling purposeful fantasy packs a full whallop.” 
– Kirkus Reviews

“Fantasmogic and Pulpish.”
– Salon

“Weird as it is wonderful.”
– London Times

“No review can do Noon’s writing justice: it’s a phantasmagoric combination of the more imaginative science fiction masters, such as Phillip K. Dick, genres such as cyberpunk and pulp fiction, and drug culture.”
– Amazon

“Cyberpunk at the cutting edge.”
– Maxim

“An imaginative and linguistic tour de force… an exquisitely grimy fable.”
– The Independent

“The bizarrely logical world Noon creates with its touches of Orwellian satire and William Gibsonesque cybervision is truly original.” 
– Q Magazine

“Dark, edgy and decaying.”
– GQ

“Elegant, inventive, and funny.”

“A wild hallucinatory ride through a nightmare/ dream vision of the twentieth century.”
– Locus

Needle in the Groove is where the mainstream of literature ought to be in the 21st century… seething, sexualised, chemically enhanced.”
– The Wire

Falling Out of Cars is part of Noon’s continuing revolt out of genre and into creative resistance against all traditional forms of fiction.”
– The Guardian

“There are echoes of Burroughs/Gysin’s cut-up method, surrealist automatic writing, and most prominently the Oulipo’s literature of constraint. An experimental work you can dance to.”
– Review of Contemporary Fiction

Jeff Noon is an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting. He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.

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