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Flashback by Dan Simmons

In Flashback, the United States economy has collapsed, the southwest part of the country belongs to Mexico, a huge mosque sits at Ground Zero, Israel has been annihilated, Sharia law spreads across the country, and Japanese overlords control the government. The populace, though, doesn't care. They're addicted to Flashback, a drug which allows them to relive the happiest memories of their lives. One of these is former Denver police detective Nick Bottom. He's hired by one of the Japanese billionaires who runs the country to find out who murdered his son several years earlier. Nick agrees because he needs the money to buy more Flashback, so he can relive the memories of his deceased wife. Nick's investigation, though, uncovers surprises that others will kill to keep secret. Dan Simmons' novel has received mixed reviews with BookPage saying, "Flashback is at its strongest when its lurking societal doomsday treatise is kept in the background and Bottom’s effort to solve the mystery - and survive solving it - is kept to the fore. Fortunately, that accounts for most of the novel, making Flashback worth the read the first time around."
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