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It's April 2028. Youth gangs roam the streets of independent Edinburgh, forcing the ruling Council of City Guardians to seek advice. Experts from the utopian university-state of New Oxford recommend a maximum security prison alongside the central tourist zone, but at the prison opening ceremony an Edinburgh guardian is shot. Quint gathers evidence linking New Oxford to the assassination. Sent there to close the case, he finds a ruthless administration beneath the glossy hi-tech veneer, and a conspiracy which leads from New Oxford's mysterious heart to his home city.

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Hugely entertaining… engagingly imagined.
Val McDermid
This series is getting better all the time.
Ian Rankin
Thrilling, accomplished.
—The Sunday Times
Publishers Weekly
In the Edinburgh, Scotland, of the near future, crime supposedly doesn't exist. But no utopia stays perfect for long, and in Johnston's fifth and final crime novel featuring the grizzled Quint Dalrymple (Water of Death, etc.), the city's leaders are contemplating high-security prisons to house society's troublemakers. Dalrymple, the narrator, is a private investigator in a police state that doesn't welcome him, a blues aficionado in a world that has outlawed music. Caught in a vicious game between the guardians of Edinburgh and the prison consultants of New Oxford, Dalrymple is bullied into service when a guard is shot and a high-ranking official threatened. Johnston makes the well-worn idea of crime in a crime-free world fascinating by wrapping it inside layers of political intrigue and subterfuge. Indeed, this is as much a commentary on modern-day England as it is a stylish mystery. Plot elements like insidious youth gangs, cybernetic implants, stealth assassins and a severed arm in a politician's bathtub at times take a backseat to Johnston's convoluted political preaching, but never for long. While this novel can stand alone, readers familiar with the previous volumes will derive the most enjoyment from Johnston's richly textured brave new world. (Apr. 1) Forecast: Johnston's novel is pricey for a mass market paperback, but it's considerably less costly than his previous three, which were released in hardcover. Enthusiastic reviews and positive word of mouth should attract new readers, but the $8.95 price tag may deter browsers. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780340766132
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Quintilian Dalrymple Series , #5
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.43 (d)

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    Posted August 7, 2013

    Sammie

    *The house explodes* e.e

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    Posted August 8, 2013

    Duskwhisper

    Oh sorry Connors gonna be a daddy? ?.?

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