Ballard, which asks could Consumerism turn into Facism A gunman opens fire in a shopping mall
Not a terrorist, apparently, but a madman with a rifle
Now he is driving out to Brooklands, the apparently peaceful town on the M25 which has at its heart the shining shoppers paradise where the shooting happened the Metro-Centre
Or not, as he is mysteriously and quickly set free without charge.One of the victims is the father of Richard Pearson, unemployed advertising executive and life-long rebel
Richard, determined to unravel the mystery, starts to believe that something deeply sinister lurks behind the pristine facades of the labyrinthine mall, its 24-hour cable TV and sports club.In this, his final novel, Ballard holds up a mirror to Middle England, reflecting an unsettling image of suburbia and revealing the darker forces at work beneath the gloss of consumerism and flag-waving patriotism.This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers including Ned Beauman, Ali Smith, Neil Gaiman and Martin Amis and brand-new cover designs.