Robert J. Sawyer
Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from 20 years previously — a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.
Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time to see if they can do the impossible — change human nature — before the entire world descends into darkness. (From Viking)
Quantum Night was on the longlist for Canada Reads 2017.
More than just his age and professorial status had changed since I'd started being his student; he'd also lost his sight. Although he happened to be diabetic, and blindness was a common side effect of that condition, that wasn't the reason. Rather, he'd been in a car accident in 2001, and while the airbag had kept him from being killed, its impact had shattered his beloved antique glasses, and shards had been thrust into his eyeballs. I'd once or twice seen him without the dark glasses he now wore. His artificial blue eyes were lifelike, but didn't track. They just stared blankly forward from beneath silver eyebrows.
From Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer ©2016. Published by Viking.