Ha'penny

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2008 - Fiction - 336 pages
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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 dictatorship. 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'pennys 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 a critique of the classic detective novels of the thirties and forties, and an allegory of the world we live in today.

 

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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

Set shortly after [book: Farthing], Inspector Carmichael is once again drawn into a murder case with disturbingly political subtext. This is a disturbing, frustrating book because the situation is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meredy - LibraryThing

Six-word review: Conspiracy and coercion in 1949 Britain. Extended review: The sequel to Farthing follows the same model of alternating chapters with different focal characters, one in first person ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
22
Section 4
31
Section 5
44
Section 6
55
Section 7
64
Section 8
75
Section 18
164
Section 19
174
Section 20
182
Section 21
190
Section 22
199
Section 23
210
Section 24
221
Section 25
232

Section 9
86
Section 10
95
Section 11
104
Section 12
113
Section 13
123
Section 14
131
Section 15
138
Section 16
148
Section 17
156
Section 26
240
Section 27
250
Section 28
259
Section 29
267
Section 30
278
Section 31
292
Section 32
299
Section 33
311
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About the author (2008)

Jo Walton won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer on publication of her debut novel The King's Peace. Her novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award. A native of Wales, she lives in Montreal.

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