Something More Than Night

Something More Than Night

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Ian Tregillis's "Something More Than Night" is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas's vision of Heaven. It's a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making. Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, "Something More Than Night" is a murder mystery for the cosmos.
A "Kirkus Reviews "Best Fiction Book of 2013"
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 30mm | 399.99g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0765334321
  • 9780765334329
  • 505,880

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"The C""oldest War" is like a cross between the devious, character-driven spy fiction of early John le Carre and the mad science fantasy of the X-Men eloquent and utterly compelling. "Kirkus Reviews" An excellent journey into an alternate Britain and should please fans of Harry Turtledove and Naomi Novik. "Library Journal on The Coldest War" A white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters--an unstoppable Vickers of a novel. "Cory Doctorow on Bitter Seeds" "Bitter Seeds" may rival Naomi Novik's "Tales of Temeraire" as a sustained historical fantasy. "Booklist""
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About Ian Tregillis

IAN TREGILLIS is the author of the Milkweed Tryptich"--Bitter Seeds, The Coldest War "and "Necessary Evil." He lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition, he is a member of the George R. R. Martin Wild Cards writing collective.
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1,597 ratings
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4 35% (565)
3 30% (479)
2 10% (167)
1 4% (68)
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