The Immorality Engine: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation

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Tom Doherty Associates, Sep 27, 2011 - Fiction - 352 pages
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On the surface, life is going well for Victorian special agent Sir Maurice Newbury, who has brilliantly solved several nigh-impossible cases for Queen Victoria with his indomitable assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, by his side. But these facts haven't stopped Newbury from succumbing increasingly frequently to his dire flirtation with the lure of opium. His addiction is fueled in part by his ill-gotten knowledge of Veronica's secret relationship with the queen, which Newbury fears must be some kind of betrayal. Veronica, consumed by worry and care for her prophetic but physically fragile sister Amelia, has no idea that she is a catalyst for Newbury's steadily worsening condition.

Veronica and Newbury's dear friend Bainbridge, the Chief Investigator at Scotland Yard, tries to cover for him as much as possible, but when the body of a well known criminal turns up, Bainbridge and Veronica track Newbury down in an opium den and drag him out to help them with the case. The body is clearly, irrefutably, that of the man in question, but shortly after his body is brought to the morgue, a crime is discovered that bears all the dead man's hallmarks. Bainbridge and Veronica fear someone is committing copycat crimes, but Newbury is not sure. Somehow, the details are too perfect for it to be the work of a copycat. But how can a dead man commit a crime?


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User Review  - Mrs_McGreevy - LibraryThing

I am late to the party on George Mann (this being book 3 & me having not yet read books 1 or 2), but I intend to make up for lost time. DAMN but that was fun (with steampunk, even!)! Check out these ... Read full review

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User Review  - tigerb - LibraryThing

I have not yet read book #2 in this series, so I don't know how much better I might have liked #3 if I had. It's a ripping yarn, to be sure, and I was very happy that Veronica displayed her courage ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
14
Section 3
22
Section 4
33
Section 5
41
Section 6
53
Section 7
69
Section 8
77
Section 16
177
Section 17
185
Section 18
198
Section 19
217
Section 20
228
Section 21
235
Section 22
249
Section 23
271

Section 9
87
Section 10
103
Section 11
115
Section 12
124
Section 13
129
Section 14
141
Section 15
170
Section 24
276
Section 25
284
Section 26
303
Section 27
325
Section 28
333
Section 29
343
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About the author (2011)

George Mann edited the Solaris Book of New Science Fiction anthology series and is the author of a number of fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The first two Newbury & Hobbes Investigations, The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual, were his first novels.

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