Pulse
Boston, 1976. In a small apartment above Kenmore Square, sixteen-year-old Daniel Fitzsimmons is listening to his landlord describe a seemingly insane theory about invisible pulses of light and energy that can be harnessed by the human mind. He longs to laugh with his brother Harry about it, but Harry doesn't know he's there--he would never approve of Daniel living on his own. None of that matters, though, because the next night Harry, a Harvard football star, is murdered in an alley.Detectives "Bark" Jones and Tommy Dillon are assigned to the case. The veteran partners thought they'd seen it all, but they are stunned when Daniel wanders into the crime scene. Even stranger, Daniel claims to have known the details of his brother's murder before it ever happened. The subsequent investigation leads the detectives deep into the Fitzsimmons brothers' past. They find heartbreaking loss, sordid characters, and metaphysical conspiracies. Even on the rough streets of 1970s Boston, Jones and Dillon have never had a case like this.

Pulse Details

TitlePulse
Author
ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherEcco
ISBN-139780062443038
Rating
GenreFiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Historical, Suspense, Thriller

Pulse Review

  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Taking place in Boston during 1976, this is an edgy police procedural that feels new. It explores the links between quantum mechanics and consciousness. And no, no one understands what that is least of all me. Pulses of energy and light which can be channeled by the mind? Possibly.A trippy tale of suspense, this novel reads like a mashup of Dennis Lehane and Stephen King with a potentially ambiguous ending depending on how you choose to read. I’d suggest that you just go along for the ride.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of those books that must give publishers the vapours. Police procedural? Sci-fi? Mystery? Grit-lit? Well….yes, it is. All of the above. So instead of trying to label it, I’ll do my best to describe this heartfelt & thought provoking read. The first book I read by this author was the fabulous Brighton, a book that remains on my Top 10 of the last few years. This one is very different but similar in all the ways that matter. It’s essentially the story of 2 pairs of brothers. One is This is one of those books that must give publishers the vapours. Police procedural? Sci-fi? Mystery? Grit-lit? Well….yes, it is. All of the above. So instead of trying to label it, I’ll do my best to describe this heartfelt & thought provoking read. The first book I read by this author was the fabulous Brighton, a book that remains on my Top 10 of the last few years. This one is very different but similar in all the ways that matter. It’s essentially the story of 2 pairs of brothers. One is related by blood while the other pair are bound by shared history. Daniel & Harry Fitzsimmons have been looking after each other since their mother died 8 years ago (Dad took a hike much earlier). They couldn’t be more different. Golden boy Harry is a football star at Harvard. He’s a straight arrow who’s determined to use his situation to provide a better life for both of them. Daniel is an insular 16 year old who will never be one of the cool kids. Instead, he hangs with fellow geeks Ben & Grace. Daniel knows he’s different. Sometimes he sees things when he touches other people, when he “entangles” his mind with theirs. It can be their darkest secret or an event that hasn’t happened yet. Either way, he always feels a pulse & knows a tiny piece of himself has been changed. Daniel ends up renting a room from the mysterious Simon, a self professed ex-professor of quantum physics. He’s an odd duck who believes human beings transfer information across time through pulses of light & touch. And he seems to know waaaay too much about Daniel. Things are ticking along until 1 fateful night when Daniel gets a premonition & ends up stumbling across Harry’s body in one of Boston’s seedier back alleys.Tommy Dillon & Barkley Jones are “blue” brothers, detectives & partners with the Boston PD. Barkley is a black man who’s all too aware of the racial tension simmering in Boston. It’s 1976 & only 3 years since schools became integrated. Bark is the voice of reason in the partnership, trying to keep a loose rein on the volatile Tommy. So it’s more than a little disconcerting when a woman touches him on the street one day & he feels an odd pulse. And the vision he has…well, that’s just plain weird. They catch the call for a recent homicide & it’s the stuff of nightmares. They have a dead, white Harvard football star & a black suspect. Why was Harry Fitzsimmons in such a dangerous neighbourhood? And how did his kid brother end up at the scene? As the investigation progresses they unearth some disturbing facts about the Fitzsimmons’ past while the media has a field day with the racial implications. And Barkley will have to decide just how far he’s willing to go to protect Tommy from his personal demons. This is a brain bender of a book. The supernatural elements & tidbits on quantum mechanics mean you have to keep an open mind & I’m not going to smugly pretend I understood all of it. But it raised fascinating questions & possibilities. If that’s not your thing, no worries. As with Brighton, Harvey gives us characters that will break your heart while stealing it. Daniel & Barkley in particular will put you through the wringer as they struggle to make the best choices. The setting is another character. From the rarified air of Harvard to the edgy neighbourhoods of Southie, Boston is portrayed in all it’s gritty, divided glory. By the end, no one walks away unscathed & not all will survive. Daniel’s questions (and ours) are answered as the past & true identities are revealed. You’re left with a glimmer of hope that even great tragedy might eventually give way to something better. So if you’re looking for a well written & different slant on police procedurals, this should fit nicely. Besides, it’ll give you a chance to brush off all that quantum physics you’ve been dying to use. Just maybe don’t touch anyone while you’re reading 😉.
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  • LadyJBookishNook
    January 1, 1970
    Read this for the Library Journal. A little different book than what I normally read but I enjoyed the change.
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Half in, half out for me. I liked reading something completely out of my zone, but perhaps it was too far out. I think I will call it dark urban fiction.You'll get Boston from Southie perspective; metaphysical "theories" most random; strange police behavior; weird guardian angel figure; unfathomable family dynamics; schizoid theories and ramblings and a whole lot of rough language from cops and street people...ordinary Boston stuff in the 70's? And then there's Simon, or is he real?my imaginatio Half in, half out for me. I liked reading something completely out of my zone, but perhaps it was too far out. I think I will call it dark urban fiction.You'll get Boston from Southie perspective; metaphysical "theories" most random; strange police behavior; weird guardian angel figure; unfathomable family dynamics; schizoid theories and ramblings and a whole lot of rough language from cops and street people...ordinary Boston stuff in the 70's? And then there's Simon, or is he real?my imagination cannot stretch far enough to see this as a movie, but that is what the blurbs say.This was my first reading of this author, and I just got lucky when searching books on library site to be the first to grab it.
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  • Dan Radovich
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Harvey's skilled writing for years, but this one kind of threw me for a loop. He brings a strong police procedural to vivid life (as always) but with PULSE, he adds some detailed science to the plot. He stays in Boston with this new novel, like BRIGHTON before it; and 1976 comes to life with all it's 'glory'. Daniel and Harry Fitzsimmons are brothers with a past, and when Harry is murdered that past comes to light by the two cops investigating the case. I mentioned science b I have been a fan of Harvey's skilled writing for years, but this one kind of threw me for a loop. He brings a strong police procedural to vivid life (as always) but with PULSE, he adds some detailed science to the plot. He stays in Boston with this new novel, like BRIGHTON before it; and 1976 comes to life with all it's 'glory'. Daniel and Harry Fitzsimmons are brothers with a past, and when Harry is murdered that past comes to light by the two cops investigating the case. I mentioned science being part of the plot. Quantum mechanics, light energy being harnessed by the human mind; Daniel claiming he knew details of his brothers murder BEFORE it happened... I needed to read many parts of PULSE for a second time, not that I was totally lost, but to make sure details were sitting with me correctly. In my opinion, Harvey writes some of the best cop thrillers today. Consistent strong stories, great believable characters, and he puts you in the time/place of every novel. What a welcome 'departure' from the basic cop thriller.
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  • Ron S
    January 1, 1970
    A tale more suited to fans of the show "Stranger Things" than readers of Richard Price or The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure how to review this book; my reaction to it is complex. At times I was fully engaged with the characters and plot; other times I thought it lacked cohesion and made little sense. It is a mystery with science fiction elements that are poorly worked out. Rather than feeling awed by the science fiction, I felt bogged down by it, not my usual response. I wanted both more and less of this tale and struggle to delineate what exactly I mean by that. Usually it means better editing was requi I’m not sure how to review this book; my reaction to it is complex. At times I was fully engaged with the characters and plot; other times I thought it lacked cohesion and made little sense. It is a mystery with science fiction elements that are poorly worked out. Rather than feeling awed by the science fiction, I felt bogged down by it, not my usual response. I wanted both more and less of this tale and struggle to delineate what exactly I mean by that. Usually it means better editing was required. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    This is a somewhat unusual combination of police procedural, the supernatural, and certain elements of physics and time travel, which make for a very interesting and educational story. The book is loosely based on the murder of a Harvard football player in 1976 by name of Andrew Puopolo, who the author didn't know personally being four years younger than the victim, but had gone to the same high school (Boston Latin). The book is based in a 1970s Boston when the so-called Combat Zone existed nea This is a somewhat unusual combination of police procedural, the supernatural, and certain elements of physics and time travel, which make for a very interesting and educational story. The book is loosely based on the murder of a Harvard football player in 1976 by name of Andrew Puopolo, who the author didn't know personally being four years younger than the victim, but had gone to the same high school (Boston Latin). The book is based in a 1970s Boston when the so-called Combat Zone existed near China town. This historical fact has added more to my knowledge of the area, making it a more enriching fictional read as well as providing conversation fodder. it seems that the author has captured the historical nuances of the period including the racism that the area had been known for, and the strong neighborhood divisions in the city. If you're adverse to reading strong/harsh language, be advised that this book has plenty. Despite that, it's very well-written and engaging.
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  • Olivia
    January 1, 1970
    This book had everything I want in a book. It had an element of mystery, a twist I didn’t see coming, a touch of the supernatural, and a little scoop of emotional turmoil as you watch Daniel process the death of his brother. I thought Michael Harvey did an excellent job and I will most certainly be recommending it!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Can't decide if it wants to be edgy and "literary" or a police procedural steeped in science fiction. I feel PULSE would have been much stronger if it dispensed with the pretense and focused on its truly unique blend of genre.
  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    A thriller/mystery with a little bit of science fiction/supernatural thrown in. I love Harvey's writing. He's getting better with every book.
  • Brandon Gutermuth
    January 1, 1970
    Cool mystery/thriller with a metaphysical bent. Harvey has upped his game with this one.
  • Joe Jones
    January 1, 1970
    A gritty look back at Boston in the 1970's with a nice sprinkling of quantum physics to spice up this thriller.
  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    ***
  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    METAPHYSICAL CONSPIRACIES, SAY WHAT
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