“Engrossing. . .Goodwillie is a terrific and observant writer.”

“No one could accuse David Goodwillie of playing it safe in his first novel. . . .Sequel, please?”



“A taut, intelligent, deftly written novel of politics and identity.”

The Guardian

“A taut literary thriller, difficult to put down, buoyed by wickedly incisive commentary on the state of union.”

“Goodwillie’s AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE reads like the unholy spawn of Tom Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald. It has all the white-knuckle pleasures of the political thriller—combined with a thoroughly postmodern love story. He has an insider’s feel for New York’s too-knowing new-media culture, and a writer’s eye for its emptiness.”

–David Gates, Jernigan

“AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE is a searing portrait of failed idealism and social unrest. Brilliantly plotted and compulsively readable, Goodwillie’s debut novel asks us to re-examine the nature of political action and private life. Unforgettable.”

–Danielle Trussoni, Angelology

“A new voice has entered the city—youthful, wise, and with an enthralling story to tell. Goodwillie’s rendering of an American woman seduced by radicalism skillfully examines the enduring themes of our lives: politics, media, loyalty and love.”

–Gay Talese, A Writer's Life

“David Goodwillie is an exceptional and fine young talent. He can write. In AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE you will find him witty and ironic, funny, fast and sharp.”


–Alan Furst, The Spies of Warsaw

“David Goodwille’s writing is explosive, engaging and captivating. AMERICAN SUBVERSIVE will jolt you out of your seat.  After reading this powerful thriller you’ll be looking over your shoulder, and down forested lanes, worried what’s out there.”

–Ridley Pearson, Killer Summer

A bomb, a New York City blogger, and a beautiful homegrown terrorist form the unholy trinity that powers this fresh, knowing look at the American cultural and political landscape. In the year 2010, a bomb detonates in Barneys—it was set off on the wrong floor and was supposed to destroy the headquarters of a secretive company that makes billions parlaying the influence of its board members to obtain lucrative oil deals. Then blogger Aidan Cole receives a photo of a glamorous young woman who is identified as the person who planted the bomb. Aidan, a jaded hipster, has finally found a hard news story worth pursuing, but when he tracks the radical to her hiding place, he finds they have more in common than he ever imagined. The well of their mutual disillusionment runs deep, for she has lost a brother to a senseless war and he has lost faith in the rewards of a career-driven life. In this thriller-cum-political-manifesto, Goodwillie provides an unnerving, completely credible portrait of the roots of domestic terrorism and the frequently soulless quality of modern American life.