“Going, Going, Gone is the sixth and final novel in Womack’s futuristic Ambient series, a stinging critique of corporate capitalism that is dark, funny and brutal. . . . Beyond its intriguing characters and urgent, slam-bang pace, it’s Womack’s use of language that makes Going, Going, Gone brilliant reading. . . . It’s a touching subversive act in a brain-dead world.” Richard Wallace, Seattle Times
Going, Going, Gone
978-0-8021-3866-8 • $13.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2002
It is 1968. Walter Bulitt is good at keeping secrets, no matter how many drugs he’s on. A part-time U.S. government freelancer, he stays busy testing new psychotropics on himself when he’s not trying them out on unsuspecting citizens, at the request of his supervisors. Walter’s conscience never interferes with his work—at least not until he’s asked to help sabotage Bobby Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Big problem. The ghosts who’ve moved into his apartment aren’t proving to be much of a comfort.
The two outré femmes fatales show up and frogmarch Walter out of Max’s Kansas City before the Velvet Underground can finish their first song. The ladies want his help. They have a mission. They need to save New York—both his, and theirs.
Going, Going, Gone is a headlong ride through a vision of the 1960s that turns recent history on its head. With the dark with and linguistic brilliance that his fans have come to expect, Jack Womack has given us a wry, tautly constructed, and deeply entertaining novel that closes his acclaimed series of Ambient novels and serves up an apt diagnosis of modern America.