Ninety-four middle-aged men – all unremarkable, and seemingly chosen at random – must die, in order to consummate the aims of a globe-spanning conspiracy. And now a single man, well-beyond their years, must determine the common bond that unknowingly unites them – or see this malevolent design unleashed on the world.
One of Levin's most iconic tales, The Boys from Brazil is a fast-paced, globe-trotting techno-thriller that asks – as do his This Perfect Day,The Stepford Wives and Sliver – what are the darkest uses to which emerging scientific and technological advancements can be put (variously: computers, cloning, robotics, chemically-induced behavorial control, hi-tech surveillance...)
Typically ahead of the curve, Levin spotlighted the nascent technology of cloning, some 20 years before the appearance of "Dolly the Sheep."
The Aquarian asked Levin in 1978: “So many of your books seem to anticipate new ideas in society. Rosemary's Baby coincided with a rebirth of interest in the occult, The Stepford Wives was written just before women's liberation came to the forefront, now cloning and The Boys from Brazil. Are you planning this?” Levin, laughing, replied:“No, I just try to keep one step ahead of everybody else. I try to keep up with all the latest scientific goings on because that's the sort of thing that interests me. [...] Once in a while I see something and say to myself, “Hmmm. That would make an interesting Story.” I try to keep open to as many sources as possible—stimuli that might spark something in me.”