In the latest Seattle Book Review, you’ll find my review of Dan Grant’s debut thriller The Singularity Witness.
For a debut, Dan Grant’s The Singularity Witness is probably one of the most ambitious thrillers written. Thrillers, whether crime or political, succeed when they touch on cultural anxiety. In Grant’s case, readers are placed at the intersection of corporate greed, government machinations, and the ethics surrounding new biological breakthroughs. A genius Ivy League researcher, Thomas Parker, who has eschewed the traditional coziness between bio-tech companies and the academy, finds himself paired with hard-edged FBI agent Kate Morgan, tracking down the kidnapping of a US senator and stumbling upon a sinister corporate plot. That scheme looks to harness Parker’s radical technology for ignoble profit and personal gain. The Singularity Witness is a rare thriller, one based in bio-ethics, a field the public only has a nascent understanding of. However, nearly every reader has reservations as well as great hopes when it comes to the advancements being made in biomedical research, making the novel timely and just different enough from the mass of thrillers to stand out. As a first-time author, Grant writes with a surprising confidence and patience, allowing him to draw the reader in with a compelling puzzle of a plot as he fleshes out his heroes and villains with skill.