“Greg Herren knows how to tell a crime story without resorting to inane stereotyping. . . .
“Péter Nadás may infuriate readers accustomed to a Tolstoyan resolution of a series of interrelated stories and characters and times and settings.
“. . . curiosity, that powerful driver of discovery, is only as valuable as what it turns up.
“The Mere Future reads like a modernized Candide by Voltaire crossed with Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.