Kings of Infinite Space

A Novel

James Hynes

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"Immensely witty...thoroughly entertaining."--The Washington Post Book World

Paul Trilby is having a bad day. If he were to be honest with himself, Paul Trilby would have to admit that he's having a bad life. His wife left him. Three subsequent girlfriends left him. He's fallen from a top-notch university teaching job, to a textbook publisher, to, eventually, working as a temp writer for the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this land of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins a tentative romance with the office's sassy mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. Strange sounds come from the air conditioning vents, the ceiling bulges, a body disappears. Mysterious men lurk about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors...

Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and horrifying spoof on our everyday lives and gives true voice to the old adage, "Work is Hell."

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One brutally hot summer's morning, Paul Trilby--ex-husband, temp typist, cat murderer--slouched sweating in his t-shirt on his way to work, waiting behind the wheel of his car for the longest red light in central Texas. He was steeling himself for a confrontation with his boss, screwing up his nerve to ask for a raise, but his present circumstances were conspiring against him. His fourteen-year-old Dodge Colt rattled in place in the middle of the Travis Street Bridge, hemmed in on all sides by bulbous, purring pickup trucks and gleaming sport utility vehicles with fat, black tires.

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Praise for Kings of Infinite Space

"This macabre, funny, and very twisted satire of office life displays James Hynes as a wonderfully eccentric and entirely original writer."--Esquire
"Hynes nails it...Kings of Infinite Space is Wells updated for the 21st century."--The Washington Post Book World
"Hynes must moonlight as a fisherman for he has mastered the art of luring, hooking and reeling readers in with his salty style and quick wit."--USA Today
"The Kings of Infinite Space is social satire that slides smoothly into horror."--Time

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James Hynes

James Hynes is the author of the novels The Lecturer's Tale, Wild Colonial Boy, and the stories Publish & Perish (all New York Times Notable Books of the Year). He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Kings of Infinite Space
A Novel
James Hynes

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
March 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312319663
ISBN10: 0312319665
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$19.00

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St. Martin's Press
March 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429962704
ISBN10: 1429962704
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$7.99
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