The Broken Ones

The Broken Ones

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Random House, Inc.
Award-winning author Stephen M. Irwin returns with a thrilling, supernatural crime novel built around an intriguing question: What happens when every single person is haunted by a ghost only they can see?

Without warning, a boy in the middle of a city intersection sends Detective Oscar Mariani's car careening into a busy sidewalk. The scene is bedlam as every person becomes visited by something no one else can see. We are all haunted. Usually, the apparition is someone known: a lost relative, a lover, an enemy. But not always. For Oscar Mariani, the only secret that matters is the unknown ghost who now shares his every waking moment . . . and why.

The worldwide aftershock of what becomes known as "Gray Wednesday" is immediate and catastrophic, leaving governments barely functioning and economies devastated . . . but some things don't change. When Detective Mariani discovers the grisly remains of an anonymous murder victim in the city sewage system, his investigation will pit him against a corrupt police department and a murky cabal conspiring for power in the new world order.

Stephen M. Irwin has created an unforgettable crime novel and an intense, textured vision of the near-future. The Broken Ones is the riveting search for hope in the darkest corners of the imagination.

Baker & Taylor
The author of The Dead Path imagines a world where everyone in the world finds themselves suddenly accompanied by a personal ghost that only the haunted can see, a situation that throws the world into chaos and complicates the career of homicide detective Mariani. 20,000 first printing.

& Taylor

When everyone in the world finds themselves suddenly accompanied by a personal ghost that only the haunted can see, the situation throws society into chaos and creates complications for homicide detective Oscar Mariani.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385534659
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 13, 2016

Scary and deeply disturbing.

KatSu Aug 28, 2012

Not rating this one because after reading a bit into it I decided it just wasn't something I wanted to read

Jan 26, 2012

This book is brilliant!! There are constant twists in the story, and an unexpected ending. Had trouble putting it down. Great read!


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Jan 26, 2012

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