The Family Trade

The Family Trade

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Miriam Beckstein is happy in her life as a successful reporter. When she gets iron-clad evidence of a money-laundering scheme, Miriam thinks she's found the story of the year. But when she takes it to her editor, she's fired on the spot and gets a death threat from the criminals she's uncovered. Before the day is over, she's received a locket left by the mother she never knew - the mother who was murdered when Miriam was an infant. The knotwork pattern within has a hypnotic effect on her. Before she knows it, she's transported herself to a parallel Earth, a world where knights on horseback chase their prey with automatic weapons and where her true family is in charge. The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes. These nobles and criminal conspirators use their exclusive inherited power to walk between the worlds and grow rich. Miriam's unexpected return will supercede the claims of other clan members to her mother's fortune and power, and whoever killed her mother will be happy to see her dead, too. But Miriam is no one's pawn, and is determined to conquer her new home on her own terms.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 303 pages
  • 160 x 243.8 x 33mm | 567g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765309297
  • 9780765309297

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"It''s simply a great adventure, full of danger, of plots within plots, of forbidden love and political murder." -- Orson Scott Card "It's simply a great adventure, full of danger, of plots within plots, of forbidden love and political murder."--Orson Scott Card "The Family Trade is one of those rare delights--a book that is fun, intelligently written, and which leaves a reader breathlessly wondering what will happen next."--David Farland
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About Charles Stross

Charles Stross is a full-time writer who was born in Leeds, England in 1964. He studied in London and Bradford, gaining degrees in pharmacy and computer science, and has worked in a variety of jobs, including pharmacist, technical writer, software engineer and freelance journalist. After gaining considerable attention with his short fiction, his first novel, "Singularity Sky" was published in 2003. He lives with his wife in Edinburgh, Scotland in a flat that is slightly older than the state of Texas.
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4 38% (1,740)
3 35% (1,644)
2 10% (454)
1 3% (134)
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