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Pure, heart-pounding escapism…thrill rating ****

- USA Today



Nat Idle, a San Francisco writer with a medical degree, narrowly survives an explosion in an Internet café after a stranger hands him a note warning him to exit immediately.  The handwriting on the note belongs to his deceased girlfriend, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist whom he has obsessively been mourning. So begins HOOKED, a pop thriller for the Internet Age, written with the force of an adrenaline rush and the pace of an intimate email dispatch you can't stop reading. Each chapter of this novel will keep readers hooked as Nat Idle searches for the love of his life in the midst of manipulation and conspiracy.

  • Booksense Pick

  • San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

  • Denver Post Bestseller

  • Rocky Mountain News Bestseller


Paperback: 292 pages

Publisher: Twelve (June 11, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0446698911

ISBN-13: 978-0446698917


“Pure, heart-pounding escapism.Thrill rating: four stars.”


“I was so drawn in at one point that I had my nose in the book while walking across my garage. I tripped on a stray skateboard and smacked my head on the garage floor . . . You can still knock somebody out with a novel.”
– New York Newsday

“Powerful . . . a page-turning thrill read. A frighteningly current spellbinder.”
– Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A brisk read filled with twists and turns and a leave-you-hanging feeling at the end of every succinct chapter, ‘Hooked’ is a cool, often funny, thriller…., despite the super contemporary themes, it’s an old-fashioned yarn with a likable hero that simply makes you want to turn the page to find out what happened next.”

– San Francisco Examiner

“A shrewd cinematic thriller.”

– Booklist

“A brainy update on classic noir novels…you can’t wait to find out what happens next. Hooked? Addicting.”
– Bethanne Patrick, Publisher’s Weekly

“HOOKED is not only an exciting thriller but also a remarkably moving and human story, and a very funny novel as well.”

– David Liss, Edgar Award-winning author of A Conspiracy of Paper

“Rocking good fun. It’s terrific entertainment and Richtel’s voice is strong and clear from the novel’s opening.”

– New Orleans Times Picayune

“Exciting . . . action-packed . . . a fascinating personal thriller.”

– Midwest Book Review

“I know it’s a cliche but I literally could not put it down.Read it on your next cross-country flight. I bet you’ll finish it by the time you land.”

– Kristen Philipkoski, Wired

“An addictively intriguing modern thriller”

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat

“A jolting debut. Richtel manages to produce one entertaining, and dare I say, addictive, read.”

– Fredericksburg, Va. – Virginia Freelance Star

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