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Bone Song (edition 2008)
by John Meaney
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553590952, Mass Market Paperback)In this darkly luminous thriller, John Meaney blends gritty futuristic noir with gothic fantasy to create a stunningly seductive world of death and desire. Here an honest cop must face his own darkest impulses as he hunts a perverse killer through a city of the dead.
There have been four celebrity murders already. Now it’s up to Lieutenant Donal Riordan to make sure that Tristopolis isn’t the scene of a fifth. But the necropolis’s vast underground network is already mobilizing for a battle of epic proportions against a powerful death cult whose dark influence reaches up to the highest echelons of Tristopolis’s elite. Riordan’s only hope is an unlikely alliance with a para-live female agent as they hunt—both aboveground and below—among gargoyles and zombies, spirit slaves and assassins, for the killers even the dead have reason to fear.
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"There have been four victims already. Famed for their beauty and one-of-a-kind artistic gifts, they were murdered in the most shocking ways imaginable and their corpses stolen. Now the famed diva Alalia daLivnova is arriving in Tristopolis - a city literally powered by the massive necroflux generators that process the dead - and it is up to Lieutenant Donal Riordan to make sure she ends her limited engagement alive.""But Riordan isn't the only one watching daLivnova. For the Diva is being followed by two other secret "protectors": Commander Laura Steele - who's made a more or less successful transition to para-life - and her partner, the invisible lice-wraith Xalia. They are part of the necropolis's vast underground network and they've mobilized against an unseen enemy for a battle of epic proportions. For a perverse death cult with powerful members in every stratum of society has learned how to distill from the bones of their sacrificed victims the ultimate thrill - a nectar that, once tasted, is impossible to resist. And the more precious the life, the greater the pleasure it is to take it away." "Soon Riordan will find himself in the unlikeliest of alliances as he journeys through a world of corruption - both aboveground and below - among gargoyles and zombies, spirit slaves and assassins, science and sorcery, in search of an enemy even the dead have every reason to fear."--BOOK JACKET.
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