A father searching for his missing daughter is suddenly given hope when a major clue is discovered, but learning the truth could shatter the seemingly perfect image Hollywood is desperate to uphold.
Gates Foster lost his daughter, Lucy, seventeen years ago. He's never stopped searching. Suddenly, a shocking new development provides Foster with his first major lead in over a decade, and he may finally be on the verge of discovering the awful truth.
Meanwhile, Mitzi Ives has carved out a space among the Foley artists creating the immersive sounds giving Hollywood films their authenticity. Using the same secret techniques as her father before her, she's become an industry-leading expert in the sound of violence and horror, creating screams so bone-chilling, they may as well be real.
Soon Foster and Ives find themselves on a collision course that threatens to expose the violence hidden beneath Hollywood's glamorous façade. A grim and disturbing reflection on the commodification of suffering and the dangerous power of art, The Invention of Sound is Chuck Palahniuk at the peak of his literary powers -- his most suspenseful, most daring, and most genre-defying work yet.
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Go ahead and scream for this gripping shocker from the maestro of misfit fiction, Chuck Palahniuk. Gates Foster’s daughter, Lucy, disappeared many years ago, and his search for her has pushed him into the most disturbing corners of the dark web. Now, his favorite pastime is tracking down pedophiles to make them pay for his pain and misery. Palahniuk always pushes all the right (and delightfully wrong) buttons, and we savored the bizarre cast of unsavory (if weirdly empathetic) characters who grapple with this tale’s unthinkably insane circumstances. Narrator Jefferson Mays deftly guides us through Palahniuk’s horror show, giving each character their own unmistakable flavor. By the time Gates meets a movie sound artist named Mitzi who specializes in producing bloodcurdling screams for movies and TV, we knew this odd tale was sure to become one of our favorites. If you’re ready to take a look at a disturbing—and often relatable—side of both life and art, don’t miss The Invention of Sound.