Kings of Infinite Space

A Novel

James Hynes

St. Martin's Press

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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 General Services department of the Texas Department of General Services. And even here, in this world of carpeted partitions and cheap lighting fixtures, Paul cannot escape the curse his life has become. For it is not until he begins reach out to the office's foul-mouthed mail girl that he begins to notice things are truly wrong. There are sounds coming from the air conditioning vents, bulges in the ceiling, a disappearing body. There are the strange men lurking about town, wearing thick glasses and pocket protectors.

The Kings of Infinite Space is a hilarious and macabre 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

"Immensely witty...thoroughly entertaining...Hynes nails it...Kings of Infinite Space is Wells updated for the 21st century.... Gruesome, deliciously improbable."
- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

"By turns ominous, hilarious, and genuinely scary: Hynes offers a highly original send-up of the most unnatural activity ever conceived by the human mind -- work."
- Kirkus Reviews

"A whack job of narrative collating that mixes the black comedy of an office satire with a hot love story with a crazy and gruesome horror tale. That Hynes can blend this all together and come up with a novel touching, sexy, scary, and funny is proof of his wizardry."
- John Griesemer, author of Signal & Noise and No One Thinks of Greenland

Praise for James Hynes:

"Riveting...exhilarating...[A] work of sheer joy."
- The New York Times Book Review

"Deliciously creepy...Hynes's writing is diamond sharp, revealing his characters' souls as surely as a Judgment Day angel."
- People

"A wild, laugh-out-loud ride."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"The most devastating satirical portrait of contemporary academic life I've ever read."
- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

" irresistible work of intellectual shenanigans [and] horrific suspense"
- The Seattle Times

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About the Author

James Hynes

James Hynes is the author of the novels The Lecturer's Tale and Wild Colonial Boy, as well as 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

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
March 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429962704
ISBN10: 1429962704
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages

Trade Paperback

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

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