By John Meaney
Hailed as “the first very important new SF author of the twenty first century,” John Meaney supplies a darkly luminous new mystery that blends futuristic noir with gothic delusion. the following, in a urban of the lifeless the place wish is especially a lot alive and homicide a excitement for connoisseurs, a good cop needs to face his personal darkest impulses simply to have a prayer.
There were 4 sufferers already. Famed for his or her good looks and special inventive presents, they have been murdered within the so much stunning methods conceivable and their corpses stolen. Now the famed diva Maria daLivnova is arriving in Tristopolis—a urban actually powered by way of the large necroflux turbines that method the dead—and it really is as much as Lieutenant Donal Riordan to ensure she ends her restricted engagement alive.
But Riordan isn’t the one one gazing deLivnova. For the Diva is being by means of different mystery “protectors”: Commander Laura Steele—who’s made a kind of winning transition to para-life—and her associate, the invisible free-wraith Xalia. they're a part of the necropolis’s mammoth underground community and they’ve mobilized opposed to an unseen enemy for a conflict of epic proportions. For a perverse dying cult with robust contributors in each stratum of society has realized how you can distill from the bones in their sacrificed sufferers the last word thrill—a nectar that, as soon as tasted, is irresistible. And the extra valuable the lifestyles, the larger the excitement it's to take it away.
Soon Riordan will locate himself within the unlikeliest of alliances as he trips via an international of corruption—both aboveground and below—among gargoyles and zombies, spirit slaves and assassins, technology and sorcery, looking for an enemy even the lifeless have each cause to fear….