A new Tim Powers novel is always a reason to celebrate, and Three Days to Never doesn't disappoint. This is a novel that will make you lock the doors, unplug the phone and turn off your computer. Powers introduces readers to Frank Marrity, a college professor who thinks he's just an ordinary guy until he begins having psychic flashes in which he and his 12-year-old daughter, Daphne, can read one another's minds. This is the Marritys' first step over the edge into a sideways world where Frank and Daphne learn that they and everyone else can be literally wiped out of history. When Frank's grandmother dies, he finds she had tried and failed to burn down her garden shed. Frank discovers a packet of letters which eventually leads him to two discoveries about Albert Einstein: Einstein was his great-grandfather and had discovered a weapon so powerful that he kept it secret, fearing what would happen if he revealed its existence. Meanwhile, Daphne discovers a videotape that is the last surviving copy of a film Charlie Chaplin made in an attempt to communicate with the dead. A number of people are hunting for the tape, including remote viewers used by the Israeli secret service, the Mossad. Another secret group, the Vespers, includes a blind woman who, fascinatingly, can see through other people's eyes. Powers' skill is to bring together seemingly disparate events and hang a convincing yet fantastic story on them. Three Days to Never doesn't ever slow down and will please both Powers' growing readership and those with a special interest in secret societies.
Gavin J. Grant is the co-editor of The Year's Best Fantasy &andamp; Horror: 2006 (St. Martin's).