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->''You are not what you think you are.''

''Neuropath'' (2008) is a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future]] TechnoThriller by R. Scott Bakker, better known as the author of ''Literature/SecondApocalypse''.

Professor of psychology Thomas Bible's life is turned upside down when the FBI arrives on his doorstep with reports of murders and gruesome experiments. The prime suspect is Tom's old college buddy Neil Cassidy, who has set out to prove a philosophical argument in [[NightmareFuel the most shocking way possible...]]
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!! Provides examples of:

* AxCrazy: The Chiropractor.
* ActionSurvivor: Mia.
* AllForNothing: [[spoiler: Just about every bad thing the protagonist didn't want to happen, happened.]]
* AndIMustScream:[[spoiler: Frankie.]]
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Very explicitly averted when Tom's dog rolls over and exposes his genitals. Agent Gerard finds it hilarious and says it's so big it should get its own website. Then makes up some domain names. ("www.dog-got-a-bone.com")
* BigNo: Thomas, right before [[spoiler: Mia slams his SUV into the NYPD patrol car.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Without free will, there is no morality. Neil demonstrates.
* ChaseScene: One of the few upbeat sections of the novel, in fact.
* CosmicHorrorStory: Like {{Literature/Blindsight}} with The Argument instead of aliens. There is no Counterargument.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The serial killer known as the Chiropractor rips out his victims' spinal columns. This happens to one character [[spoiler: (Neil)]] while he is paralyzed but still fully conscious.
* CyberPunk: A subtle near-future example.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: The protagonist crosses it several times, because of Neil's MindRape.]]
* ElectricInstantGratification: The porn star near the start, [[spoiler:later Tom & his wife. (Unwillingly...)]]
* EmotionSuppression: This happens to [[spoiler: Neil, and eventually Thomas and Nora.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath [[spoiler: Tom and his family, by the end (Frankie especially).]]
* FightingFromTheInside: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: Everybody who has come into contact with enough neuroscience suffers this at some point, although Neil takes it to extremes (though he didn't seem very nice beforehand).]]
* GovernmentConspiracy
* InherentInTheSystem: Every system, be it politics, biology, or the values on which we base our lives, is basically depicted as a complete sham.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Neil Cassidy claims to be Frankie's father.]]
* MadScientist: [[spoiler:Neil, obviously.]]
* MindControlDevice: Nicknamed "Mary".
* MindRape: The most horrendously extreme MindRape happens to [[spoiler: Neil's victims, and quite possibly ''the audience'' experience this. ]]
** In this near future, the NSA neurologists routinely MindRape suspected terrorists as interrogation.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Samantha Logan,]] who is revealed in a truly unsettling scene.
* MrExposition: Tom, rather irritatingly in places.
* NietzscheWannabe: Neil.
* OutWithABang: [[spoiler:Samantha Logan.]]
* SerialKiller: The Chiropractor.
* ShownTheirWork: Tom's speeches about neurology and psychology. Mostly justified in-story as they are dealing with a killer who literally {{MindControl}}s people, but sometimes Tom suddenly goes off on yet another rant about psychology when that scene could have done without it.
* SlidingScaleOfFreeWillVsFate: A definite type 0.
* SquishyWizard: Having absolute power over people's minds surely qualifies [[spoiler: Neil]] for this.
* StealthPun: Neuropath. What's a related word to 'neuro-'?'''Psycho-'.''
* StraightGay: Mia.
* TapOnTheHead: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]: Tom notes that the guard he and Mia knocked out needs serious medical attention.
* TitleDrop: TheMole is a "neuropath."
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The year in which the novel takes place is never stated, but 2010 is mentioned as a year gone by (The novel was published in 2008).
* WorldHalfEmpty: Judging by news reports, most of the world seems to have gone to hell.
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