The Ghost Network (Paperback)
Molly Metropolis is the world's biggest pop star when she disappears. A journalist teams up with her personal assistant to puzzle over Molly's journal to try to find out if she willingly disappeared or if her obsession with an architecture cult and the Chicago public transit system lead her down a dangerous path. I'm not normally a mystery reader, but the weirdness of the plot and inventiveness of the narration sucked me in. I can't stop talking about this book.
-- John— From John T. Staff Picks
Has the world's hottest pop star been kidnapped, joined a secret sect, or simply gone into hiding? The answer lies in the abandoned subway stations of Chicago . . .
One minute insanely famous pop singer Molly Metropolis is on her way to a major performance in Chicago, and the next, she's gone. A journalist who's been covering Molly joins the singer's personal assistant in an increasingly desperate search to find her, guided by a journal left behind in her hotel room, and possible clues hidden in her songs--all of which seem to point to an abandoned line in the Chicago subway system. It leads them to a map of half-completed train lines underneath Chicago, which in turn leads them to the secret, subterranean headquarters of an obscure intellectual sect--and the realization that they've gone too far to turn back. And if a superstar can disappear without a trace . . . what can happen to these young women? Suspenseful and wildly original, The Ghost Network is a novel about larger-than-life fantasies--of love, sex, pop music, amateur detective work, and personal reinvention. Debut novelist Catie Disabato bursts on the scene with an ingeniously plotted, witty, haunting mystery.
About the Author
CATIE DISABATO is a columnist for Full Stop. She's written criticism and commentary for This Recording, The Millions, and The Rumpus, and her short fiction was recently featured on Joyland. After growing up in Chicago and graduating from Oberlin College, she now lives in L.A. and works in public relations.