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Infinite Ground

During a sweltering South American summer, a family convenes for dinner at a restaurant. Midway through the meal, Carlos gets up from the table and disappears.

An experienced, semi-retired detective takes the case, but what should be a routine investigation becomes something strange, intangible, even sinister. The corporation for which Carlos worked seems to serve no purpose; the staff talk of their missing colleague’s alarming, shifting physical symptoms; a forensic scientist uncovers evidence of curious abnormalities in the thriving microorganisms that shared Carlos’s body. As the detective re-lives and retraces the missing man’s footsteps, the trail leads him away from the city sprawl and deep into the country’s rainforest interior.

A chilling police procedural that explodes into a dislocating investigation into the nature of reality, Infinite Ground is a luminous, sinister, and wholly original debut.

MARTIN MACINNES was born in Scotland. He has an MA from the University of York, has read at international science and literature festivals, and is the winner of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award and the 2014 Manchester Fiction Prize. He lives in Edinburgh. Infinite Ground is his first novel.

A best book of the year the Guardian, the Irish Times, the HeraldScotland and Sunday, and more

“Strange, haunting, dislocating.” —Ian Rankin, author of the Inspector Rebus novels

“An electrifying piece of work: strange, terrifying, riveting, and written with scintillating intelligence… it stands shoulder to shoulder with Ballard, Lem, VanderMeer, Tom McCarthy.” —Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others

“Weird, wonderful, totally indefinable.” —Justine Jordan, The Guardian

“:abyrinthine, beautifully written and teeming with ideas about fiction and reality that linger long in the mind… A frighteningly good debut novel.” —Lee Rourke, author of Vulgar Things