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THE DISMANTLING by Brian DeLeeuwThe Dismantling by Brian DeLeeuw
Published by Penguin Group USA on April 28th 2015
Pages: 288
Genres: Fiction, General, Medical, Suspense, Thrillers
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How much of yourself are you willing to sell? Brian DeLeeuw hits that sweet spot between literary and commercial suspense with his brilliantly adept, ingeniously plotted novel--a chilling, fast-paced drama that urges readers to question the meaning of atonement and whether revenge might sometimes be the only way we can liberate ourselves from our past. Twenty-five-year-old med school dropout Simon Worth is an organ broker, buying kidneys and livers from cash-strapped donors and selling them to recipients whose time on the waitlist is running out. When a seemingly straightforward liver transplant has an unexpectedly dangerous outcome, Simon finds himself on the run. In order to survive, he must put aside his better moral judgment and place his trust in a stranger who has a shocking secret. Praise for The Dismantling: 'With its high tension plot and atmosphere of unease, The Dismantling is a morally ambiguous thriller in the grand tradition of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith. It has smart things to say about memory, redemption, and what it's like to live in a world where everything is for sale, but it says them by telling a gripping story.' Christopher Beha, author of Arts & Entertainments 'Intense, spare, and unflinching, DeLeeuw's The Dismantling treads risky, ethically nuanced territory, exploring the nature of absolution and revenge, the lies we tell our families, and the honesty we can find with strangers. A psychologically insightful, gripping novel.' Michaela Carter, author of Further Out Than You Thought 'While this is a fast-paced, engaging thriller, it is also much, much more. It is, at its heart, a fully and tenderly rendered exploration of loss and shame and the deep yearning for some manner of redemption. It is about the difficult choices put before us--and that might very well damn us--when possible redemption is close at hand.' Thomas O'Malley, author of This Magnificent Desolation 'A whip-smart modern noir. Brian DeLeeuw's writing is as keenly intelligent as it is eerily propulsive.' Jennifer duBois, author of Cartwheel

The Dismantling got me thinking about the lengths people go to for money. How much is one life worth? What would you be willing to do to survive. The lines between right and wrong get stretched and tested in this book. I just finished this book, but the story and its ethical questions […]