The Happier Dead

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In the very near future the rich are able to extend their lives indefinitely, but the price of eternal youth is one that they can get others to pay. A political thriller, crime novel and stunning SF story.

The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment", a medical procedure which can transform the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great...

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Overview

In the very near future the rich are able to extend their lives indefinitely, but the price of eternal youth is one that they can get others to pay. A political thriller, crime novel and stunning SF story.

The Great Spa sits on the edge of London, a structure visible from space. The power of Britain on the world stage rests in its monopoly on "The Treatment", a medical procedure which can transform the richest and most powerful into a state of permanent physical youth. The Great Spa is the place where the newly young immortals go to revitalise their aged souls. In this most important and secure of facilities, a murder of one of the guests threatens to destabilise the new order, and DCI Oates of the Metrolpolitan police is called in to investigate. In a single day Oates must unravel the secrets behind the Treatment and the long ago disappearance of its creator, passing through a London riven with disorder and corruption, where adverts are transmitted directly into the imagination. As a night of widespread rioting takes hold of the city he moves towards a final climax which could lead to the destruction of the Great Spa, his own ruin, and the loss of everything he holds most dear.

A political thriller, crime novel and stunning SF story.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
Rob Oates is a detective chief inspector in a miserable near-future London, where the air is filled with “dreems,” broadcast subliminal messages that turn imagination into consumer desire. Oates is tipped off to a murder in the gargantuan and mysterious Avalon, a spa where society’s wealthiest people isolate themselves and become “new-young,” their physical bodies rejuvenated. A spa staffer confessed to the client’s murder, but Oates suspects the man is lying. As the city trembles on the verge of a widespread riot, Oates’s investigation takes him through London’s extremes and his own tragic past. He must battle the lure of dreems and the possibility of being young again—a rebirth that would come at the cost of everything he cares about. Stourton (The Book Lover’s Tale) mostly uses the mystery as backdrop to an exploration of what people will endure or destroy to further their own agendas and desires. Agent: Peter Buckman, Ampersand Agency. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781081839
  • Publisher: Solaris
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 773,559
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivo Stourton is the author of two previous non-SF novels "The Night Climbers" (Doubleday, 2007) and "The Book Lover's Tale" (Doubleday, 2011). He is married and lives in London

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