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The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter
by Rod Duncan


Overview - Finalist for the 2014 Phillip K. Dick Award
Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.
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Overview
Finalist for the 2014 Phillip K. Dick Award
Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus.
But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better
"File Under" Fantasy"

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780857665300
  • ISBN-10: 0857665308
  • Publisher: Angry Robot
  • Publish Date: August 2014
  • Page Count: 373
  • Dimensions: 7.01 x 4.2 x 1.04 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.41 pounds

Series: Fall of the Gaslit Empire Duology #1

Related Categories

Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Historical
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-06-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Steeped in illusion and grounded in an alternative history of the Luddite Rebellion, Duncan’s strong supernatural mystery serves ably as both a standalone adventure and the start to a series. A rebellion has divided the United Kingdom into two republics. The prose’s arch-Victorian tone establishes both character and place in the voice of the admirably driven Elizabeth Barnabus, who poses as her nonexistent twin brother, Edwin, in order to work as a private detective in the starchy, straight-laced Anglo-Scottish Republic. Strategically placed steampunk tropes inform but do not overwhelm Elizabeth’s headlong quest to find a missing aristocrat sought by the Patent Office, which is fixated on both achieving perfection and eliminating “unseemly science.” A hazardous border crossing into the permissively corrupt Kingdom of England and Southern Wales provides ample excitement, and a glossary at the novel’s conclusion hints enticingly at a much more involved story to come. (Sept.)

 
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