Krist reminds us of how much fun reading can be. The New York Times Chaos Theory is a shrewd, literate, and compulsively readable thriller set against the background of Washington, D. C., in the mid-1990sa city on the brink of economic, social, and moral collapse.
Jason Rourke, who is white, and Dennis Monroe, who is black, are good kids and good friends. One night, on a dare, they drive to a blighted part of Washington to buy a little marijuana. But it isnt their night, and the deal goes terribly wrong.
Before its over, a shot is fired, and the two just barely get away, leaving a small-time drug dealer lying wounded in the street. Their troubles are only beginning. The next morning, Jason and Dennis learn that the incident with the drug dealer was far worse than it seemed.
Finding themselves suspects in a bizarre homicide, the two are forced to flee, leaving their families terrified and confused. And what started out as a relatively innocent moment of adolescent mischief soon turns into a nightmarish, life-threatening ordeal, one that eventually draws these sheltered teenagers into a citywide scheme of murders and cover-ups that may involve some of Washingtons most prominentand most trustedpublic officials. Gary Krists first thriller, Bad Chemistry, was praised for its sharp intelligence and its deft and deep characterizations.
Here he broadens his canvas, creating a drama that explores the thoughts and feelings of two families who suddenly find their lives spiraling out of control. The result is a sophisticated novel of suspense, one that takes us deep into the decay and corruption of a citytottering on the edge of chaos. A thriller featuring two college youths on the run from mobsters.
The story begins when they leave a party in Washington to buy drugs. The dealer pulls a gun, thinking they, too, are dealers and the youths accidentally cause his death. One youth is white, the other black.