Ha'penny

Ha'penny

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In 1949, eight years after the "Peace with Honor" was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dictatorship. When the vile Mark Normanby takes advantage of a political murder in order to arrange his election as prime minister, and promptly enacts draconian security measures, the last hope of democracy seems extinguished.Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb. The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists, of staunch king-and-country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen, to murder Normanby and his new ally, Adolf Hitler.Against a background of increasing domestic espionage and the suppression of Jews and homosexuals, a band of idealists and conservatives blackmail the person they need to complete their plot, an actress who holds the key to the Fuhrer's death. From the ha'penny seats in the theater to the ha'pennies that cover dead men's eyes, the conspiracy and the investigation swirl around one another.In this sequel to Farthing, Jo Walton continues her alternate history of an England that could have been, with a novel that uses the form of the classic thrillers of the thirties and forties to open our eyes to the world in which we live today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 319 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765318539
  • 9780765318534
  • 1,181,780

Review quote

"Stunningly powerful.While the whodunit plot is compelling, it's the convincing portrait of a country's incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Farthing"
"If le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton." --Ursula K. Le Guin on "Farthing"
"A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"Packs a considerable wallop." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"Amazing. One of the most compelling and chilling books of the year." --"Romantic Times BookReviews"" " Stunningly powerful.While the whodunit plot is compelling, it ' s the convincing portrait of a country ' s incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well. " -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Farthing
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" If le Carr e scares you, try Jo Walton. " --Ursula K. Le Guin on Farthing
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" A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism. " -- Entertainment Weekly
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" Packs a considerable wallop. " -- Kirkus Reviews
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" Amazing. One of the most compelling and chilling books of the year. " -- Romantic Times BookReviews " Stunningly powerful.While the whodunit plot is compelling, it' s the convincing portrait of a country' s incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Farthing"

" If le Carre scares you, try Jo Walton." --Ursula K. Le Guin on "Farthing"

" A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism." --"Entertainment Weekly"

" Packs a considerable wallop." --"Kirkus Reviews"

" Amazing. One of the most compelling and chilling books of the year." --"Romantic Times BookReviews"
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About Jo Walton

Jo Walton is the author of several novels including the World Fantasy Award-winning Tooth and Claw. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.
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1,850 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 22% (405)
4 48% (888)
3 27% (491)
2 3% (57)
1 0% (9)
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