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Dispatched by their mother to learn why his estranged twin brother Gregory (or “Brock Jones, PhD,” as he is known to fans of his bestselling self-help book) has disappeared, Stewart Detweiler drives 1,500 miles to find his twin hanging from a ceiling beam in their deceased father’s lakeside A-frame. But instead of reporting him dead, Stewart decides to become him. As he sees it, he’s not assuming his brother’s life; he’s saving it, that his worthier twin may live on, while he in turn will at last gain an audience for his novel-in-perpetual-progress (the plot of which bears an uncanny resemblance to the one described here). At first Stewart’s plan goes smoothly, but before long the motives behind his brother’s suicide emerge, clues pointing to a web of intrigue, extortion, and desperate measures taken with disastrous results.
Despite its dark trappings, DUPLICITY is a fiendishly funny novel that sheds light on the bonds of family, on success and failure, philosophy and quantum mechanics, and on the ways in which we can — and cannot — rewrite our own lives. DUPLICITY weaves all these and other themes seamlessly together, all while vivisecting its own genre.