Entry updated 10 May 2019. Tagged: Author.
(1947- ) US author, most of whose novels have been thrillers, beginning with The Horse Latitudes (1990). He began to publish work of sf interest with "Perfect Lover" in Beyond #17 in 1990. The sf Assassin trilogy, beginning with Prayers for the Assassin (2006), is set in the Near Future America of 2040, whose balkanization has been triggered by terror attacks which have destroyed New York and other Cities. Most of the northern states have become parts of the secretly autocratic Islamic Republic, while much of the south is under the sway of a similarly Dystopian regime known as the Bible Belt (see Religion). Along the northern borders of the shattered republic, Canada presses its attempts to reclaim territories ceded to America a century or so earlier (see Imperialism). In the southern reaches, where rising sea levels have had a devastating effect (see Climate Change), an independent rump of Florida attempts to survive; and in the far south-west the Aztlan Empire presses north. The plotting, locked perhaps too fixedly to thriller models, tends to melodramatize the diminished terrains Ferrigno paints, but a sense that there will be no easy fix for the world is unrelentingly conveyed. [JC]
born Florida: 1947
- Prayers for the Assassin (New York: Scribner, 2006) [Assassin: hb/Jim Barber and Nick Gunderson]
- Sins of the Assassin (New York: Scribner, 2008) [Assassin: hb/Kamil Vojnar]
- Heart of the Assassin (New York: Scribner, 2009) [Assassin: hb/Windsor J Mitchell]
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