By Jean-Christophe Valtat

ISBN-10: 1935554131

ISBN-13: 9781935554134

A startling, seductive literary novel that entwines suspense, technology fiction, event, romance and heritage into an intoxicating new genre.

1908: New Venice--"the pearl of the Arctic"--a position of ice palaces and pneumatic tubes, of superbly ornate carriage-sleds and chic Victorian apparel, of lengthy nights and vistas of ice.

But because the urban prepares for spring, it feels extra like qaartsiluni, "the time while anything is ready to blow up within the dark." neighborhood "poletics" are wracked via tensions with the Eskimos circling the town, with suffragette riots led by means of an underground track celebrity, with drug round-ups by way of the key police strength often called the gents of the evening. An ominous black airship hovers over town, and the gents are trying to find the writer of an intensive pamphlet calling for revolt.

Their lead suspect is Brentford Orsini, one of many city's so much widespread figures. yet because the gents of the evening tighten the internet round him, Orsini gets a mysterious message from a long-lost love that compels him to act.

What transpires is a literary experience novel in contrast to whatever you've ever learn ahead of. excellent in its belief, masterful in its prose, exciting in its plot twists, and laced with humor, suspense, and intelligence, it marks the start of an excellent new sequence of books set in New Venice-and the release of an extraordinary new author.

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Calm, she told herself. They'd get around to it. A ship heading for jump was damned busy, that was all. Matter of priorities. Somebody like Fitch didn't trek all the way up to station ops to get a skut out of the brig only to scramble her brain for good and all in some fucking official screw-up. Couldn't do that. God—get somebody down here! w. c bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. 0 bu y rm er Y F T ra n sf o ABB PD er Y CHAPTER 7 S HE HEARD the latch give, and she moved, rolled across the uneven surface of the lockers and staggered for her knees as the hatch opened and light flooded in—a man was standing astride the doorway, which was the way the stowage was oriented since the sortout, a pit of unguessed depth in its zigzag contours.

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