American Neolithic


America is a Police State Lite. Drones patrol the skies. The Patriot Amendments have gutted civil liberties. The Homeland Police and Patriot Tribunal have exclusive jurisdiction over all legal actions implicating national security.

Enter Blingbling, the last literate member of the sole surviving band of Neanderthals, sent into the world to earn money for his people, who live in hiding on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After he is implicated in a hip-hop murder, shadowy benefactors retain a lawyer, the hard-boiled Raleigh. When a routine DNA swab reveals that he fits no known human genotype, the Homeland Police take notice. If Blingbling’s true ancestry is disclosed, his people are in jeopardy. Raleigh finds himself caught in a professional and personal trap that can destroy his client, his career, and much more.

Political satire, courtroom thriller, and speculative fiction, American Neolithic is also a story of loyalty, betrayal, and redemption. Terence Hawkins has written a smart, dark, funny book that is ultimately deeply moving.

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“This book will break your heart–I cannot lie–but read it anyway. You will be amazed at Terence Hawkins’s prodigious imagination, his Bowie-sharp wit, and the skill with which he tells a story that’s as morally urgent as it is satirically diverting. In this parable about the perils of civilization, he conjures two wholly credible societies embodying the worst of what we are and the best of what we might have been. How, we are forced to consider, has humanity become so inhumane?”
–Julia Glass, author of And the Dark Sacred Night and Three Junes

“This is a one-of-a-kind novel, a bizarre but gripping amalgam of anthropology, political diatribe, and speculative science fiction, a hard-boiled thriller about a Neanderthal who gets arrested by Homeland Security in a nightmare version of the not-too-distant future. Terry Hawkins is a bold and fearless writer.”
–Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers

“In an America where citizens and aliens alike are terrorized by the anti-terrorist forces of Homeland Security and a belief in evolution can be subversive, a hard-boiled, soft-hearted New York lawyer battles to save the world’s last surviving band of Neanderthals. Deeply gripping and disturbing, American Neolithic provokes the reader to consider why we so fear the Other, and why the Other has very good reason to fear us.”
–Eileen Pollack, author of Breaking and Entering

What begins as a hard-boiled legal thriller veers off into completely unexpected territory in Terence Hawkins’s harrowing novel. American Neolithic, while toggling between two very different voices, is bone-dry witty, affecting, and never less than riveting.
–Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil

Terence Hawkins has created a fascinating political satire involving a world not quite our own, but terrifying enough in its similarities. American Neolithic is overflowing with ideas, the narrative running on overdrive at all times. Reading this book felt like a fever dream, which I mean in the best possible way, an extrasensory experience.
–Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

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