Midnight, Water City

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Soho Press, 2021 - Conspiracies - 312 pages
Hawai'i author Chris McKinney's first entry in a brilliant new sci-fi noir trilogy explores the sordid past of a murdered scientist, deified in death, through the eyes of a man who once committed unspeakable crimes for her.

Year 2142: Earth is forty years past a near-collision with the asteroid Sessho-seki. Akira Kimura, the scientist responsible for eliminating the threat, has reached heights of celebrity approaching deification. But now, Akira feels her safety is under threat, so after years without contact, she reaches out to her former head of security, who has since become a police detective.

When he arrives at her deep-sea home and finds Akira methodically dismembered, this detective will risk everything--his career, his family, even his own life--and delve back into his shared past with Akira to find her killer. With a rich, cinematic voice and burning cynicism, Midnight, Water City is both a thrilling neo-noir procedural and a stunning exploration of research, class, climate change, the cult of personality, and the dark sacrifices we are willing to make in the name of progress.
 

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Set in the 22nd century, this exceptional mystery-SF hybrid from McKinney (The Tattoo), a trilogy kickoff, boasts impressive worldbuilding and a classic morally compromised lead thrust into a high ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
17
Section 4
23
Section 5
31
Section 6
37
Section 7
45
Section 8
51
Section 14
157
Section 15
163
Section 16
173
Section 17
179
Section 18
199
Section 19
205
Section 20
229
Section 21
239

Section 9
65
Section 10
85
Section 11
105
Section 12
111
Section 13
139
Section 22
261
Section 23
273
Section 24
287
Section 25
301
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About the author (2021)

Chris McKinney was born and raised in Hawai'i, on the island of O'ahu. He has written six novels, including The Tattoo and The Queen of Tears, a coauthored memoir, and the screenplays for two feature films and two short films. He is the winner of the Elliot Cades Award and seven Ka Palapala Po'okela Awards and has been appointed Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

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