The Rapture, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Isaac Taylor isn't missing. According to government records, he never existed. PI Felix Strange isn't convinced, not least because Isaac is an old army buddy.

The man saved his life in Tehran, so the least Strange can do is dig up some leads.

Strange soon discovers Isaac isn't the only one missing.

All over the country, young and old, men and women, the good and the trying-to-be, are disappearing - quite literally without a trace.

If Strange doesn't figure out what's happening fast, someone close to him will fall into a patch of thin air.

A dark and compelling thriller, The Rapture is a brilliantly realised depiction of a society all too chillingly close to our own.

The second in the Strange trilogy it pays homage to the genius of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy, while offering a wholly original take on the noir genre.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781848540736



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The Rapture is the middle volume in the neo-noir alternate history Stone Trilogy, set in a near future United States and featuring private eye Felix Stone, veteran of the American Crusade to the Holy Land and the nuclear obliteration of Tehran. The US is ruled by a right wing Christian fundamentalist Big Brotherhood: when undesirables start disappearing, Stone realizes it is not the much-bruited Rapture heralding the end of the world but a more sinister state-sanctioned programme of obliteration. This book has the usual drawbacks of being in the middle, without a satisfactory beginning or ending, but I must admit Hall has a humorous turn of phrase and his view of a Yankee Christian dystopia makes for excellent reading.

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