Maxwell's Demon is a postmodern adventure with all the twists and turns of a classic whodunnit. We follow failed Writer Thomas Quinn attempts to steal a valuable lost manuscript from the reclusive novelist Andrew Black. It’s a mission that leads him down a dangerous rabbit hole – into an investigation of the nature of time, existence, God, immortality, the power of stories, the magic inside the alphabet, creation of the universe, and the nature of reality itself.
Maxwell's Demon has been shortlisted for the 2022 Encore Award.
'[a] dazzlingly smart postmodern treat. Maxwell’s Demon is both steeped in high European theory – think Calvino and Eco – and enormously enjoyable.' OBSERVER
'an engaging, pacy mystery as well as an exploration of reality' INDEPENDENT
'the author’s plethora of ideas and proliferating rabbit holes provides endless delights. Fans of Mark Danielewski will love this heady postmodern thriller.' PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY
'Postmodern brilliance ... superb.' TELEGRAPH
'Part fantasy, part mystery, it is altogether delightful and filled with surprises—in a word, exceptional. No, make that two words; the second is fantastic. A rare, sui generis treat.” BOOKLIST (starred review)
'the genius of the book is that despite it seeming like an elegant orrery, all these wheels within wheels are a carapace, a psychic armour against a grief ... Beneath this truly beautiful astrolabe is a beating human heart.' SCOTSMAN
'In an era of ‘alternative truths’ this novel couldn’t be more timely ... a radiant and unique achievement.' —Bradford Morrow, author of The Forger’s Daughter
Maxwell's Demon is published by Canongate Books in the UK, Grove in the US, and Harpercollins Canada.