Ha'penny

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Jo Walton

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In 1949, eight years after the “Peace with Honor” was negotiated between Great Britain and Nazi Germany by the Farthing Set, England has completed its slide into fascist dicatorship. Then a bomb explodes in a London suburb.
 
The brilliant but politically compromised Inspector Carmichael of Scotland Yard is assigned the case. What he finds leads him to a conspiracy of peers and communists, of staunch King-and- Country patriots and hardened IRA gunmen, to murder Britain’s Prime Minister and his new ally, Adolf Hitler.
 
Against a background of increasing domestic espionage and the suppression of Jews and homosexuals, an ad-hoc band of idealists and conservatives blackmail the one person they need to complete their plot, an actress who lives for her art and holds the key to the Fuhrer’s death. From the ha’penny seats in the theatre to the ha’pennies that cover dead men’s eyes, the conspiracy and the investigation swirl around one another, spinning beyond anyone’s control.
 
In this brilliant companion to Farthing, Welsh-born World Fantasy Award winner Jo Walton continues her alternate history of an England that could have been, with a novel that is both an homage of the classic detective novels of the thirties and forties, and an allegory of the world we live in today.

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Chapter 1
They don’t hang people like me. They don’t want the embarrassment of a trial, and besides, Pappa is who he is. Like it or not, I’m a Larkin. They don’t want the headline “Peer’s Daughter Hanged.” So much easier to shut me away and promise that if I keep very quiet they’ll release me as cured into my family’s custody in a year or two. Well, I may have been an awful fool, but I’ve never been saner, and besides, I can’t stand most of my family. I’ve never had the slightest intention of keeping quiet.

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“Stunningly powerful.While the whodunit plot is compelling, it’s the convincing portrait of a country’s incremental slide into fascism that makes this novel a standout. Mainstream readers should be enthralled as well.” --Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Farthing
 
“If le Carré scares you, try Jo Walton.” --Ursula K. Le Guin on Farthing
 
“A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism.” --Entertainment Weekly
 
“Packs a considerable wallop.” --Kirkus Reviews
 
“Amazing. One of the most compelling and chilling books of the year.” --Romantic Times BookReviews

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Jo Walton

Jo Walton is the author of several novels including the World Fantasy Award–winning Tooth and Claw. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

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Jo Walton

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Prometheus Award Winner, Spectrum Awards - Finalist

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
October 2007
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ISBN: 9781429954617
ISBN10: 1429954612
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
May 2013
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ISBN: 9780765323149
ISBN10: 0765323141
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
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