The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation - Recoletta's top-secret historical research facility.Read more...
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The gaslight and shadows of the underground city of Recoletta hide secrets and lies. When Inspector Liesl Malone investigates the murder of a renowned historian, she finds herself stonewalled by the all-powerful Directorate of Preservation - Recoletta's top-secret historical research facility.When a second high-profile murder threatens the very fabric of city society, Malone and her rookie partner Rafe Sundar must tread carefully, lest they fall victim to not only the criminals they seek, but the government which purports to protect them. Knowledge is power, and power must be preserved at all costs...
File Under: Science Fantasy Thriller - Society in Ruins - Fully Booked - New and Weird ]
- ISBN-13: 9780857665218
- ISBN-10: 0857665219
- Publisher: Angry Robot
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-30
- Reviewer: Staff
With Regency-era sensibilities and Agatha Christie’s flair for the subtle conundrum, Patel’s debut novel introduces readers to a subterranean city of the future, centuries after what is dubbed “The Catastrophe,” and beautifully manages the delicate balance between entertainment and social commentary. Inspector Liesl Malone is one of Recoletta’s most stoic and determined law enforcement officers. When someone starts killing off the underground city’s elite, bureaucratic roadblocks keep Malone and her new partner from pursing the culprit. They attempt to recruit the assistance of Jane Lin, whose position as laundress to the wealthy gives her unprecedented access to the upper crust, and her neighbor, society reporter Frederick. But Jane has nothing to gain by aiding the investigation; in fact, she has everything to lose. The subtly fantastical story is resplendent with surprisingly deep villains, political corruption, and a gripping whodunit feel. Agent: Jennifer Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary Agency. (Aug.)