From the award-winning author of Money Matters, an explosive family drama set in the Bay Area during the early months of the pandemic: a suspenseful tale of transgressions, betrayals, and the rise of outrageous conspiracy theories.
Oakland, California, 2020. Computer scientist Adam cannot understand the widespread appeal of conspiracy theories popularized by the president. He decides to investigate one, QAnon, which turns out to have hidden connections to the White House intent on subverting the upcoming presidential election. His wife Julia, who works at the ACLU, is terrified by the outbreak of the coronavirus and is drawn to the fake online cures Adam detests. Further threatened by the reappearance of a violent ex-boyfriend, Julia sees her life unraveling and resorts to desperate remedies. Brian Finney’s Dangerous Conjectures is a powerful, gripping exploration of the inner lives of two Americans living through a pandemic and a culture overrun with misinformation.
Set in the unprecedented year of 2020, Dangerous Conjectures presents a paradoxical version of reality that is bitingly close to our current world’s actuality.
In this self-contained cyber-world facts were irrelevant. Or rather, converted to additional evidence that the deep state was the enemy of right-thinking (and Right-thinking) Americans.”
Dangerous Conjectures is a psychological drama set in California’s Bay Area, during the beginning of the pandemic: a suspenseful tale of indiscretions, betrayals, and the rise of outlandish conspiracy theories. Written by professor and novelist Brian Finney, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Dangerous Conjectures will be available as a paperback, e-book, and audiobook in the U.S., on March 25, 2021.
Brian Finney writes a searing tale probing the damage of misinformation in general, and specifically the rise of QAnon and its affinity with Trump’s America. Dangerous Conjectures is a story of love, belonging, and loyalty, as much as a satirical novel of ideas.
In Dangerous Conjectures, computer scientist and professor Adam Gosford cannot understand the sudden popularity of the widespread conspiracy theories popularized by the president and proliferated by the algorithms of the internet. Adam decides to investigate one conspiracy theory in particular—QAnon. His findings set him unraveling a deeply troubling mystery that takes him into the depths of the dark web, where supporters connected to the White House conspire to subvert the impending presidential election. Meanwhile, his wife, Julia, who works at the ACLU, is petrified by the Coronavirus outbreak, which makes her susceptible to the fake online cures that Adam detests.
As the couple’s respective grasps on reality continue to wane, they hide important secrets from each other, leading to the Gosford’s Silicon Valley bubble’s demise. Paralleling their personal trials, the contagion of Coronavirus and misinformation spread rampantly throughout the world.
Set in the unprecedented year of 2020, Dangerous Conjectures presents a paradoxical version of reality that is bitingly close to our current world’s actuality. This compelling tale provokes readers’ better judgment, actions, and responsibilities as we continue as a society to try and make sense of what has become our “new normal.” Called “disturbing and prescient” by author David Peck, Dangerous Conjectures is a novel that unapologetically demands the reader’s attention.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Dangerous Conjectures is available in ebook, paperback, and audiobook formats, as of March 25, 2021.