Robert Sawyer's brain. I don't usually read science fiction but he is Canadian and it was time to try something other than mysteries and thrillers. Quantum Night was all I was looking for and more.
It is set in Winnipeg and Saskatoon- yes, I said Winnipeg. Naheed Nenshi is Prime Minister, an NDP, Muslim Prime Minister and it is the near future. Jim Marchuk is an experimental psychologist whose research leads him to a simple test to identify psychopaths. After acting as an expert witness in a murder trial in the United States, he realizes he has a gap of 6 months in his memory. He goes to speak with an old professor (now a colleague) as he tries to find out what happened to him years ago. He re-unites with an old girlfriend he had for-gotten about. She is now a quantum physicist
whose research has made a terrifying discovery about human consciousness. The adventure continues and near the end of the book (no spoilers), every Canadian's secret or not so secret fear is addressed. The United States Government has a "valid" reason to cross the border and take us over. Thriller, romance and ground-breaking science by turn, this is a great read. Best of all, there is a section at the end where Robert Sawyer lists his research and sources. He doesn't just make that sh-t up; he bases it on real possibilities. I am headed to the library for his older books I have missed. Yay!
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