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“Looking for a terrific read this weekend? I highly recommend PULSE, by Michael Harvey. It's a story to get lost in.” -Stephen King

Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Ecco
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May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taking place in Boston during 1976, this is an edgy police procedural that feels new. It explores the links between quantum mechanics and consciousness. And no, no one understands what that is least of all me. Pulses of energy and light which can be channeled by the mind? Possibly.
A trippy tale of suspense, this novel reads like a mashup of Dennis Lehane and Stephen King with a potentially ambiguous ending depending on how you choose to read. I’d suggest that you just go along for the ride.
This is one of those books that must give publishers the vapours. Police procedural? Sci-fi? Mystery? Grit-lit? Well….yes, it is. All of the above. So instead of trying to label it, I’ll do my best to describe this heartfelt & thought provoking read.

The first book I read by this author was the fabulous Brighton, a book that remains on my Top 10 of the last few years. This one is very different but similar in all the ways that matter. It’s essentially the story of 2 pairs of brothers. One is
Nov 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: thriller-to-read
If Stephen King is going to take the time to tweet a recommendation of this book, I am going to take the time to read it. Immediately adds to tbr...

Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this for the Library Journal. A little different book than what I normally read but I enjoyed the change.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half in, half out for me. I liked reading something completely out of my zone, but perhaps it was too far out. I think I will call it dark urban fiction.
You'll get Boston from Southie perspective; metaphysical "theories" most random; strange police behavior; weird guardian angel figure; unfathomable family dynamics; schizoid theories and ramblings and a whole lot of rough language from cops and street people...ordinary Boston stuff in the 70's? And then there's Simon, or is he real?

my imaginatio
Dan Radovich
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Harvey's skilled writing for years, but this one kind of threw me for a loop. He brings a strong police procedural to vivid life (as always) but with PULSE, he adds some detailed science to the plot. He stays in Boston with this new novel, like BRIGHTON before it; and 1976 comes to life with all it's 'glory'. Daniel and Harry Fitzsimmons are brothers with a past, and when Harry is murdered that past comes to light by the two cops investigating the case. I mentioned science b ...more
Ron S
Jul 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boston
A tale more suited to fans of the show "Stranger Things" than readers of Richard Price or The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
I’m not sure how to review this book; my reaction to it is complex. At times I was fully engaged with the characters and plot; other times I thought it lacked cohesion and made little sense. It is a mystery with science fiction elements that are poorly worked out. Rather than feeling awed by the science fiction, I felt bogged down by it, not my usual response. I wanted both more and less of this tale and struggle to delineate what exactly I mean by that. Usually it means better editing was requi ...more Mystery & Thriller
As he works to mold and perfect the details of the shooting of a homicide suspect, Boston detective William Barkley “Bark” Jones seeks guidance from the medical examiner. “So I did the right thing?” he asks. “You did the cop thing,” the examiner assures him.

Michael Harvey’s eighth novel, PULSE, marks the award-winning journalist’s return to Boston, where he grew up. His first six books are set in his adopted and current hometown of Chicago. Whether it’s Beantown or Chi-Town, these titles share c
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a somewhat unusual combination of police procedural, the supernatural, and certain elements of physics and time travel, which make for a very interesting and educational story. The book is loosely based on the murder of a Harvard football player in 1976 by name of Andrew Puopolo, who the author didn't know personally being four years younger than the victim, but had gone to the same high school (Boston Latin).

The book is based in a 1970s Boston when the so-called Combat Zone existed nea
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had everything I want in a book. It had an element of mystery, a twist I didn’t see coming, a touch of the supernatural, and a little scoop of emotional turmoil as you watch Daniel process the death of his brother. I thought Michael Harvey did an excellent job and I will most certainly be recommending it!
This is an excellent read. Take a ferocious, well written mystery that will keep you wondering who and why, season with a liberal dash of quantum mechanics, toss in the barest soupcon of urban fantasy leavened with a hint of mysticism. Plus it's a very human book about two brothers. I loved this book.

Highly recommended. One of my favorite books of 2018.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, arc, october
Can't decide if it wants to be edgy and "literary" or a police procedural steeped in science fiction. I feel PULSE would have been much stronger if it dispensed with the pretense and focused on its truly unique blend of genre.
Ann Repetto
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: harvey
different - at first I was annoyed but came to like it. slow in the beginning but picks up in the last third - interesting concepts
T. Rhodes
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. It is a fascinating read. Part murder mystery, part quantum physics. Great characters.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Found this a little too hard to follow and not particularly interesting. Might be fine for folks who like this kind of thing, but mine it seems not.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thriller/mystery with a little bit of science fiction/supernatural thrown in. I love Harvey's writing. He's getting better with every book.
Brandon Gutermuth
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cool mystery/thriller with a metaphysical bent. Harvey has upped his game with this one.
Joe Jones
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A gritty look back at Boston in the 1970's with a nice sprinkling of quantum physics to spice up this thriller.
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Michael is the best-selling author of seven crime novels, The Chicago Way, The Fifth Floor, The Third Rail, We All Fall Down, The Innocence Game, The Governor’s Wife and Brighton, scheduled for release in June of 2016. Film rights to Brighton, a stand-alone thriller set in Michael’s hometown of Boston, were recently optioned by Graham King, producer of The Departed and The Town.

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