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The Body Scout: A novel

By Lincoln Michel


Publication Date: September 21, 2021

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"I devoured it."--Jonathan Lethem

Diamond-sharp and savagely wry, The Body Scout is a timely science fiction thriller debut set in an all-too-possible future, perfect for readers of William Gibson. In the future you can have any body you want--as long as you can afford it.

But in a New York ravaged by climate change and repeat pandemics, Kobo is barely scraping by. He scouts the latest in gene-edited talent for Big Pharma-owned baseball teams, but his own cybernetics are a decade out of date and twin sister loan sharks are banging down his door. Things couldn't get much worse.

Then his brother—Monsanto Mets slugger J.J. Zunz—is murdered at home plate.

Determined to find the killer, Kobo plunges into a world of genetically modified CEOs, philosophical Neanderthals, and back-alley body modification, only to quickly find he's in a game far bigger and more corrupt than he imagined. To keep himself together while the world is falling apart, he'll have to navigate a time where both body and soul are sold to the highest bidder.

About the Author

Lincoln Michel is the author of the story collection Upright Beasts (Coffee House Press 2015) and the co-editor of the anthologies Tiny Crimes (Catapult 2018) and Tiny Nightmares (Catapult 2020). His fiction and criticism appear in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Granta, BOMB, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. The Body Scout is his first novel. You can find him online at lincolnmichel.com and @thelincoln.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 304 pages

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: September 21, 2021

ISBN: 9780316628723

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