WORD Presents Cory Doctorow

03/24/2024 - 7:00pm

FREE EVENT! Limited seating at Threes Brewing Greenpoint.


About the Book

New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow's The Bezzle is a high stakes thriller where the lives of the hundreds of thousands of inmates in California’s prisons are traded like stock shares.

The year is 2006. Martin Hench is at the top of his game as a self-employed forensic accountant, a veteran of the long guerrilla war between people who want to hide money, and people who want to find it. He spends his downtime on Catalina Island, where scenic, imported bison wander the bluffs and frozen, reheated fast food burgers cost 25$. Wait, what? When Marty disrupts a seemingly innocuous scheme during a vacation on Catalina Island, he has no idea he’s kicked off a chain of events that will overtake the next decade of his life.

Martin has made his most dangerous mistake yet: trespassed into the playgrounds of the ultra-wealthy and spoiled their fun. To them, money is a tool, a game, and a way to keep score, and they’ve found their newest mark—California’s Department of Corrections. Secure in the knowledge that they’re living behind far too many firewalls of shell companies and investors ever to be identified, they are interested not in the lives they ruin, but only in how much money they can extract from the government and the hundreds of thousands of prisoners they have at their mercy.

A seething rebuke of the privatized prison system that delves deeply into the arcane and baroque financial chicanery involved in the 2008 financial crash, The Bezzle is a sizzling follow-up to Red Team Blues.


About the author

Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, most recently THE BEZZLE (a followup to RED TEAM BLUES) and THE LOST CAUSE, a solarpunk science fiction novel of hope amidst the climate emergency. His most recent nonfiction book is THE INTERNET CON: HOW TO SEIZE THE MEANS OF COMPUTATION, a Big Tech disassembly manual. Other recent books include RED TEAM BLUES, a science fiction crime thriller; CHOKEPOINT CAPITALISM, nonfiction about monopoly and creative labor markets; the LITTLE BROTHER series for young adults; IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; and the picture book POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

In conversation with

Laura Poitras is an Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning filmmaker and journalist. Her most recent film, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, premiered in competition at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival where it won the Golden Lion for best film. It was later nominated for an Academy Award. Poitras’ film CITIZENFOUR won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. Her journalism exposing the National Security Agency’s global mass surveillance programs received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

In 2006, the U.S. government placed her on a secret terrorist watchlist and detained her dozens of times at the U.S. border. She successfully sued the government in 2015 to obtain her classified FBI files. 



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The Bezzle: A Martin Hench Novel (The Martin Hench Novels) By Cory Doctorow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250865878
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Tor Books - February 20th, 2024

New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow's The Bezzle is a high stakes thriller where the lives of the hundreds of thousands of inmates in California’s prisons are traded like stock shares.

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