Adam Childs was born in Kent, England in 1960. He emigrated to Canada in 1973 and to New Zealand in 2010. He has travelled extensively, much of it as part of his work with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). He has been interested in writing since he was a teenager but never found the time until now: Despite having written many academic articles, reports and analyses for work purposes, Schrödinger's Cabinet is his first published fiction novel. Although he is a great fan of detective fiction, he never intended to write in that genre; he was motivated to write Schrödinger's Cabinet more for its political aspects than the detective angle. That said, he found the process so much fun he plans on continuing to write novels featuring Detectives King and Pasternak.
It's November 29, 2016 and the Republicans have won the US election. Some people are unhappy.
An owl flies at the President-Elect's head and explodes. It's a singularly unique assassination method designed to shock as much as kill.
New York detectives Kasia Pasternak and Martin King work with - and sometimes against - their FBI, CIA and US Secret Service colleagues to solve the case.
Their task is made more complicated as Republicans and Democrats sense opportunity in chaos and use the vagaries in the US election system to manipulate events in their favour. But winning the election doesn't make someone President: Congress and the Electoral College make the final decision.
As the investigation proceeds, nothing is as it first seemed. Layers upon layers of intrigue peel away, colleagues become suspects, suspects become distractions and leads turn into dead ends.
Only when someone opens Schrödinger's Cabinet does the dilemma become resolved.