A sizzling, darkly funny, propulsive new novel --- his most daring yet --- by the author of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS: a sweeping, dazzling story of destiny, desire, and destruction.
In Seattle, 1962, Walter Cousins, a mild-mannered actuary --- “a guy who weighs risk for a living” --- takes a risk of his own, and makes the biggest error of his life. He sleeps with Diane, the sexy, not-quite-legal British au pair who’s taking care of his children for the summer. Diane gets pregnant and leaves their baby on a doorstep, but not before turning the tables on Walter and setting in motion a tragedy of epic proportions. Their orphaned child, adopted by an adoring family, becomes Edward Aaron King, and grows up to become a billionaire Internet tycoon and an international celebrity --- the King of Search --- who unknowingly, but inexorably, hurtles through life toward a fate he may have no power to shape.
A thrilling reimagining of Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX: a riveting new novel that brings a contemporary urgency to one of the greatest stories of all time.