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Sucker by Daniel Hornsby
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Jul 11, 2023 | ISBN 9780593469675

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“This is not so much a roman à clef as a roman avec des dents: Hornsby retells the bloody story of Elizabeth Holmes as a vampire spoof. . . . Hornsby brings a sharp wit to this worn crypt. Sucker highlights the Twilight in The Twilight Zone to create a caustic satire of obscene wealth. . . . Hornsby’s descriptions frequently draw blood. . . . No matter the fangs or the fury, Hornsby never forgets he’s writing a comic novel inspired by one of the 21st century’s greatest swindlers. What really keeps Sucker airborne, though, is how it spreads its wings to embrace the whole nefarious network of super-rich fiends who hang in the shadows and drain ordinary people dry.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“[A] winning comic thriller. . . . An entertaining page-turner, Sucker is also a keen send-up of tech industry grandiosity.”
—Kevin Canfield, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Daniel Hornsby has pulled off an incredibly impressive feat with Sucker, a wildly funny satire of technology, of obscene wealth, of the real and fake narratives we tell about ourselves. Just when you think you know where it’s going, how it will fall in line with the absurdities of our own world, he swerves in ways that open up the story beyond what you could have imagined. Exceptional, horrifically hilarious, and deeply original.”
—Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to See Here

“Hornsby’s previous novel, Via Negativa, was a moving, contemplative story about an aging priest, so Sucker is his chance to branch out into macabre comedy and crime capers. . . . Thoroughly entertaining.”
Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

“Daniel Hornsby is out for blood in this delightfully monstrous sci-fi skewering of modern tech entrepreneurship and age-old human hubris. . . . A hilarious fever dream of  . . . tech culture, medical horror, and stomach-turning greed. This is the Frankenstein’s monster of The Dropout and Jennifer’s Body you didn’t know you needed.”
Charley Burlock, Oprah Daily

“The book’s dramatic tension comes from the main character’s willing obliviousness to the nosferatus in his midst, even as he falls more deeply into their clutches and unwittingly advances their plans. . . . Hornsby is unusually committed to the bit. In his simultaneously paranoid and plausible vision . . . the conspiracy of wealth that rules the Bay Area sucks dry everything and everyone.”
Chelsea Davis, Tor

“A deeply sardonic salad of tech world billionaires and campy horror.”

Sucker is a satire of the Silicon Valley hype and the ability of wealth to stave off truth. . . . A glimpse into how such a blatant scam, well, suckered, people—and how something worse could do the same.”
Charles Bonkowsky, Tor

“A wry satire of the tech world inspired by Elizabeth Holmes.”
Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“This skewering of Silicon Valley startup culture is biting satire—complete with fangs. . . . Anyone who enjoyed the delicious schadenfreude of the Theranos trial will get a kick out of this book. If Chuck Palahniuk and Stephenie Meyer teamed up to write a spec script for Succession, this is what you might get.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Undeniably of the moment . . . just the sort of biting satire (I’m so sorry) that a lot of us could stand to sink our teeth into (seriously, like, so sorry) right now.”
—Sophia M. Stewart, The Millions

“A sharp, laser-focused satire that refuses to go easy on America’s most evil weirdos.”
—Mattie Lubchansky, author of Boys Weekend

“A rollicking Silicon Valley tech satire. . . . It’s very funny . . . and Hornsby has a knack for pillorying the vast industries of bullshit that dominate America c. 2023. . . . Let Hornsby set us free!”
—Janet Manley, Literary Hub, “The 28 Novels You Need to Read This Summer”

“Wickedly astute and bitingly funny, Sucker’s take on a weird true Silicon Valley story is an unputdownable, cathartic read for all of us who’ve been suckered by Big Tech for years.” 
—Laura Sims, author of Looker

“Daniel Hornsby’s Sucker grapples with the ever-widening rot at the core of American capitalism with an illuminating sense of intelligence, humor, and moral clarity. Hornsby’s characters are flawed, all the worse for their greed and ambition, but their story serves as a cautionary parable for anyone looking to withstand the worst instincts of American life. A biting, wicked satire.” 
—Isle McElroy, author of The Atmospherians

“Tantalizing. . . . A gonzo, slow-burning speculative thriller. . . . [A] sharp-fanged Silicon Valley satire.”
Publishers Weekly

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